Llewellynn Jewitt

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Llewellynn Jewitt
Llewellyn Jewitt.jpg
engraving of a bust of Llewellyn Jewitt. The engraving is made by Llewellyn Jewitt himself according to a bust made by William Henry Goss.
Born 1816
near Rotherham
Died 1886
Duffield, Derbyshirenm
Occupation Engraver
Parents Arthur and Martha Jewitt
St. Mary's Bridge Chapel, Derby

Llewellynn Frederick William Jewitt (or Llewellyn) (24 November 1816 – 5 June 1886) was a noted illustrator, engraver, natural scientist and author of The Ceramic Art of Great Britain (1878). His output was prodigious and covered a large range of interests.


Jewitt was born at Kimberworth, Rotherham, the seventeenth and final child of artist, author and schoolmaster Arthur Jewitt and his wife Martha. His education, largely from his father, who was master at Kimberworth Endowed School, started in Duffield, Derbyshire.[1]

On Christmas Day of 1838 he married Elizabeth Sage, daughter of Isaac Sage of Derby, hurriedly returning to London the same day so as not to fall behind in his work.

From 1839 to 1845 he was employed by the engraver Frederick William Fairholt, to illustrate the works of Charles Knight, and contribute to the Pictorial Times, the Saturday Magazine, the Illustrated London News and Punch. He worked at Buckingham Palace in 1845, sketching the palace rooms in preparation for a work on London Interiors.

Between 1849 and 1853 Jewitt was the chief librarian of Plymouth Public Library and a member of The Plymouth Institution (now The Plymouth Athenaeum).[2] In September 1853 he returned to Derbyshire to edit the Derby Telegraph. In 1857, Llewellyn Jewitt became secretary of the Derby Town and County Museum and Natural History Society and its premises were opened to the general public on Saturday mornings. In 1858 the Derby Philosophical Society merged with the Museum Society and they moved to a house on the Wardwick in Derby.[3] Jewitt founded the antiquarian journal The Reliquary of which he was editor until his death in 1886. He died at The Hollies, Duffield in 1886.

Jewitt belonged to the British Archaeological Association and helped found the Derbyshire Archaeological Society in 1878.[4] He was a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, wrote numerous articles on English antiquities and topography, and edited the tourist handbook Black's Guide to Derbyshire (1872).[5]



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