Illustrations of Shakspeare; comprised in 230 vignette engravings by Thompson, from designs by Thurston (1830)
John Thurston (1774–1822) was an English engraver and illustrator.He began his artistic career as a copper plate engraver, working for James Heath. Then he took up book illustration, and soon totally devoted himself to it. Most of his illustrations were engraved on block, not plate; a writer in the Polytechnic Journal was later to describe him as "at that time the principal, and indeed almost only artist of any talent in London who made drawings on the block for wood engravers".His illustrations include those for James Thomson's Seasons and William Somervile's Rural Sports, as well as Shakespeare's works. He was an occasional exhibitor at the Royal Academy from 1794 to 1812.
Illustrations: Illustrations; By James Puckle; Title vignette (portrait); Edited by Samuel Weller Singer; With reproduction of t.-p of 1733; Description of the cuts, with the names of the engravers, designed and drawn by Mr. Thurston: p. 125-128
Susanna Moodie is, of course, best known for her books <i>Roughing It in the Bush</i> and <i>Life in the Clearings</i>, which are largely comprised of short sketches that she had previously published. What is not widely known, however, is that Moodie had a long and prolific...