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Linton- Life in the Collections

William Bell Scott:

24) Half Hour Lectures on the History and Practice of the fine and ornamental Arts,

London 1861 - 1867 - 1874

The third, revised edition.

Linton added fifty rough and sketchy illustrations to this collection of nineteen short lectures on arts and crafts, which his close friend, the painter-poet William Bell Scott, had held in the School of Design in Newcastle, where he was employed as a chief organizer from the early forties till 1864. The series of lectures starts with the Christian Roman era and extends to the contemporary applied arts and the different schools of historical painting. Lecture 10 is on wood and copper engraving with an emphasis on the crucial role of Thomas Bewick, the famous xylographer from Newcastle who had revolutionized the printing world. According to Bell Scott, it was in Bewick’s animal histories that “for the first time perhaps, the designer and the engraver were combined in the same person.” It was only three years later that John Ruskin became concerned with Bewick’s engravings and only in the early seventies did he start promoting Bewick’s fame by taking him in his Six lectures on wood and metal engraving as a kind of forerunner of the arts & craft attitude.