From A Brief Description of Principal Foreign Animals and Birds. Printed in 1800.

1753 Born in August at Cherryburn House, near Eltringham in Northumberland, the eldest of eight children.

1767 Became an apprentice to Ralph Beilby, an engraver in Newcastle.

Receives an award from the Society for the Encouragement of Arts and Manufactures
  for a wood engraving of the "Huntsman and the Old Hound."

1776 Becomes a partner in Beilby's firm.

1784 Publishes Select Fables.

1790 Publishes A General History of Quadrupeds, a collection of wood-engravings of animals.

1797-1804 Publishes two-volume History of British Birds, now considered his greatest achievement.

1828 Dies November 8 at the age of 75.

1862 His autobiography, Memoirs of Thomas Bewick, Written by Himself is published.

1880 Introduction of photo-engraving, which then became the primary means of book and periodical illustration.

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