I have heard those who loved the country, and
loved it because they knew it, say, that the opening of Bewick was a new
era in their lives.
—William Howitt, The Rural Life of England, 1844.
Xylographer I name thee, Bewick, taught
By thy wood-Art, that from rock, flood, and tree
Home to our hearths, all lively, light and free
In suited scene each living thing has brought,
As life elastic, animate with thought.
—The Rev. J. F. M. Dovaston, sonnet to Thomas Bewick, 1823.
Among a considerable number which had been
forwarded to the London markets for sale, I was fortunate enough to
select five examples of this new species. . . . I described them in a
paper read before the Linnean Society, and proposed to call it Bewick's
Swan, thus devoting it to the memory of one whose beautiful and animated
delineation of subjects in natural history entitle him to this tribute.
—William Yarrell, A History of British Birds, 1843