Cherryburn, the birthplace of Thomas Bewick

Cherryburn

Cherryburn, Cottage and Farmhouse, a National Trust property in Northumberland is the birthplace of the wood engraver and naturalist Thomas Bewick. Best known for his book A History of British Birds (1797) Bewick is perhaps Northumberland’s greatest artist who revolutionised print art in Georgian England.

 

Fields around Cherryburn

 

Set in a tranquil garden with views across the Tyne Valley, Cherryburn is surrounded by the natural world that inspired his work and it was Bewick’s home until he left aged 14.

 

Cherryburn interior

 

As part of the Newcastle University project Mapping Contemporary Art in the Heritage Experience I have been commissioned to make a new series of paintings inspired by Cherryburn, its history and the story of Thomas Bewick.