George III Silver Gilt Vinaigrette - 'Man and His Dog' Thomas Bewick

MATTHEW LINWOOD of birmingham 1811
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A rare George III silver gilt Vinaigrette, the cover with a cast scene depicting a 'Man and his Dog' (after a design by Thomas Bewick), the man having his dinner while the dog looks on. The base and sides decorated with a formal leaf and berry pattern. The silver gilt grille pierced with a vase of flowers.

Fully marked on the bezel, by Matthew Linwood, Birmingham, 1811

Sold - £1,400.00

In good condition with no damage or repair
10 mm (0.39 inches)
30 mm (1.18 inches)
22 mm (0.87 inches)
20.00 Grams (0.64 troy ounces)
Stock Code
Silver Gilt
Thomas Bewick (c. 11 August 1753 – 8 November 1828) was an English engraver and natural history author. Early in his career he took on all kinds of work such as engraving cutlery, making the wood blocks for advertisements, and illustrating children's books. He gradually turned to illustrating, writing and publishing his own books, gaining an adult audience for the fine illustrations in A History of Quadrupeds.

His career began when he was apprenticed to engraver Ralph Beilby in Newcastle upon Tyne. He became a partner in the business and eventually took it over. Apprentices whom Bewick trained include John Anderson, Luke Clennell, and William Harvey, who in their turn became well known as painters and engravers.

Bewick is best known for his A History of British Birds, which is admired today mainly for its wood engravings, especially the small, sharply observed, and often humorous vignettes known as tail-pieces. The book was the forerunner of all modern field guides. He notably illustrated editions of Aesop's Fables throughout his life.

He is credited with popularising a technical innovation in the printing of illustrations using wood. He adopted metal-engraving tools to cut hard boxwood across the grain, producing printing blocks that could be integrated with metal type, but were much more durable than traditional woodcuts. The result was high-quality illustration at a low price.