The Bewick Club.
The Bewick Club was conceived by members of the Newcastle Life School in the
early 1880s: Thomas Dickinson, Henry Hetherington Emerson and Robert
Jobling. It was named in honour of Thomas Bewick, the Newcastle engraver
(1753 - 1828). Many towns and cities at that time had Art Unions which held
regular exhibitions and offered prizes to artists (more than half the
members of the Staithes Group exhibited with the Yorkshire Union of Artists,
including Isa and Robert Jobling) and Dickinson decided to model the Club on
the one run by Dundee Corporation.
||Emmerson was chosen as the club's President and Jobling became Vice
President with Dickinson as Secretary and Ralph Hedley was a member of the
organising committee which met in New Bridge Street, Newcastle. The Club's
first exhibition was held at the premises of auctioneers Simeon Joel and
Sons, Pilgrim Street on 17th January 1884. The Club was soon to move into
these premises on a permanent basis when the auctioneers vacated them.
When Emmerson died in 1885 Ralph Hedley was elected President rather than
the former Vice President Robert Jobling. Jobling left the club soon after
this and set up a competing exhibition of his own Staithes paintings at his
Members of the Bewick Club painted in a range of differing styles, and the
ones whose work is of interest to us are those who paint in the
impressionist style favoured by Staithes artists. We always try to stock
works by John Atkinson, Ralph Hedley, George Edward Horton, Isa Jobling
(nee Thompson), Robert Jobling and his son, Joseph Jobling, John Falconar
Slater and James Watson. Of these particular artists only Horton, Slater and
Joseph Jobling were not also members of the Staithes Group.