Visit the Special Collections exhibit: Wood Engravings as An Art of Book Illustrating

wood-engraving exhibit
View wood engraving illustrations, on display on the 3rd floor, W.A.C. Bennett Library.

About the exhibit

This exhibit features a selection of books decorated with wood engraving techniques.

The exhibit traces the revival of the engraving as an artful technique of book illustrating in the nineteenth century after it faded away in the sixteenth century.

The renewed interest in this technique was promoted by Thomas Bewick and William Blake and many followed, including many women artists.

This type of artful illustration lost its popularity again in the twentieth century, largely replaced by photography.

The wood engraving method was picked up once more in the twenty-first century by the small press establishments that refined wood-engraving methods resulting in an exquisite art form.

Corn linocut

Corn linocut by Jim Rimmer for Shadow River: The Selected and Illustrated Poems of Pauline Johnson (Tekahionwake)

wood-engraving of frogs

Frogs by Agnes Miller Parker in Agnes Miller Parker : wood engravings from The fables of Esope ; the story of a remarkable book

Title page of Bewick's work

Title page of Bewick's Select Fables by Aesop and Others

What's on display

The exhibit includes:

November 1 - December 31
3rd floor, W.A.C. Bennett Library (SFU Burnaby)
Contact for further information
For further information please contact Special Collections and Rare Books at or Ewa Delanowski at or visit Special Collections.