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    Robert Elliot Bewick. Small Collection Comprising of Autograph Letters Signed, Autograph Documents and Wood Engraving Proofs. Ca. 1830. Robert Elliot Bewick. Small Collection Comprising of Autograph Letters Signed, Autograph Documents and Wood Engraving Proofs. Collection of ten assorted documents, three relating to the illustration of Robin Hood, including a copy of a Joseph Ritson letter in Robert Elliot Bewick's hand, with one ALS, and three wood engraving vignette proofs on two leaves. Unknown place, circa 1790-1840. Primarily recto and verso, ranging in sizes from 8 x 10 inches and smaller. Occasional toning, edge wear and creases that do not affect the text or illustrations. Very good.

    Robert Elliot Bewick (1788-1849) was the son of wood engraver and naturalist Thomas Bewick (1753-1828) and the nephew of John Bewick (1760-1795). This collection includes several notes detailing descriptions of birds, perhaps relating to Thomas's A History of British Birds, John and Thomas's illustration of the 1795 edition of Robin Hood by Joseph Ritson, and three wood engraving vignette proofs. It also contains a copy of a letter sent by Joseph Ritson to Thomas Bewick on March 12, 1789 requesting the borders to the wood cuts that would be included in Robin Hood be removed. The letter is in Robert's hand and a note by him at the top of the letter reads in part: "...whether my Father did u not /u the bordered cut in Robin Hood, inserted in the memoir as my uncles," indicating that the illustrations may have been misattributed to his uncle, John, who was also an engraver and apprenticed under Thomas.

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