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Bewick, Thomas.
Bewick Workshop; Coal Shipping Certificate for Whitefield Colliery.
Publisher: Newcastle upon Tyne;
Date of Publication: 1805
Stock Code: 5289
CoppereEngraved certificate approx 8 1/2” x 5 1/2”. Single sheet on laid paper, completed and dated 1805. Armorial vignette of Silvertop between two leaves of bay. The field of “Newcastle upon Tyne” is engraved ready for use, together with date beginning “180” for the early nineteenth century and fields for the quantity of coal measured in chaldrons, the name of the Master of the ship and of Whitefield Colliery. The certificate was completed and signed by George Dunn, the owner of Whitefield Colliery, for the ship the Eagle, with Master James Crummy, to carry 24 chaldrons of coal on 7th October 1805. Top edge skilfully repaired; faint creases from folding. Note in ink relating to George Dunn below his signature; nineteenth century identification inscription to reverse “ Coal Certificate for Eagle, Jas. Crummy...”. Condition: Very Good.
Coal Shipping certificates were warranties which accompanied coals on their voyage, stating that they were of the quantity indicated and were the produce of the named mine. Usually engraved on copper and about 5 inches depth by 9 or 10 breadth, “many of them are extremely beautiful, and all exhibit, in their handsome size, and careful workmanship, the importance of the great trade in which they were employed” (Hugo). Thomas Bewick (1753-1828) was the foremost wood engraver of his and subsequent generations and his bustling Newcastle workshop of jobbing engravers produced a wealth of ephemeral material for other businesses and tradesmen in the district as well as catering to the gentry. The workshop received commissions for book illustrations, trade cards, bill heads, posters, wrappers for products like tobacco, Shipping certificates and much more, making a significant contribution to the history of what became known later as graphic design. Being situated in the North East, Bewick catered for the mining industry and associated trades including ships carrying the coals away from Newcastle to market. George Dunn of Newcastle upon Tyne was the owner of the Whitefield Colliery and had interests in other pits in the area including Stella Colliery. He died in 1833 aged 79 years. We have a number of other Coal Shipping Certificates produced by Bewick’s workshop for a number of different collieries - please inquire for details. This Certificate matches Ref 2969 in Hugo’s Bewick Collector (p. 399). Hugo: Bewick Collector pp381-401. Tattersfield: Graphic Worlds and Complete Illustrative Work.

Hugo: Bewick Collector pp 381-401.
Tattersfield: Graphic Worlds and Complete Illustrative Work.
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