Thomas Bewick (1753 – 1828) was an English engraver and natural history author. He is best known for A History of British Birds.
Illustrations from this book, and his History of Quadrupeds, were used for the Country Life and Sporting Scenes ranges.
Kirkham’s, the pottery taken over by Susan Williams Ellis, had already used Bewick illustrations. In the sixties Susan put them on her new cilinder shapes:
The hunting, shooting and fishing images were the most popular, apparently. And don’t they look well!
There were beakers and cups in all sizes, such as these small cups:
4 inch coffee mugs:
a huge drumshaped mug that has seen better days:
and jumbo cups, which usually had large black saucers:
there were storage jars:
and even rectangular boxes:
Here is a Bewick print in the Country Life range:
Mostly the Sporting Scenes are found in black end white, but there were also blue, grey, brown and yellow colours.