The artist-printmaker John Jones will be giving a talk in Lympstone on The Vignettes or tail-pieces of Thomas Bewick. The 18th century wood engraver is famous for his pictures of country life.

His greatest achievement, The History of British Birds, also contains little vignettes, with humorous views of everyday incidents – a man fishing from the back of his horse, somebody drinking water from the brim of his hat, ducks waddling past a chap smoking a pipe as he leans over a gate. The tiny engravings tell us what it was like to live in England in the 1780s and 90s, and John Jones will show and discuss most of these wonderful pictures in the Village Hall on Friday 21st September at 7.30pm. The talk is presented by Lympstone Art Group.

Harland Walshaw