Orlando Jewitt

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Orlando Jewitt
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Orlando Jewitt
Born Thomas Orlando Sheldon Jewitt
Buxton, Derbyshire
Died 30 May 1869 (aged 70)
Camden Square, London
Nationality English
Known for Wood engraver
Schizanthus pinnatus from Joseph Harrison's "The Floricultural Cabinet and Florist's Magazine"

Thomas Orlando Sheldon Jewitt (1799 – 30 May 1869) was an English architectural wood-engraver.


Thomas Orlando Sheldon Jewitt was born in Buxton, Derbyshire, the son of Arthur Jewitt and brother of Llewellyn Jewitt.

Before the introduction of photographic processes, wood engraving was the standard method of book illustration. Jewitt's illustrations were widely used between 1820 and 1870. Many of his engravings are still reproduced in modern works and are frequently to be found in reference works covering architecture, archaeology, typography and natural history. He produced numerous engravings used for seals and bookplates.

At time of the 1841 census, Jewitt was living at Church House, St Andrew’s Road, Headington; besides him, his wife Phoebe and three children, the census returns also record his brother, George Jewitt, a letter-press printer, and his apprentice, Edward Bower, at the same address.[1] He was considered as parish constable of Headington in 1844 and 1845, and in 1855 was Churchwarden of St Andrew’s Church.

Jewitt died at Camden Square, London, and was buried in Paddington Old Cemetery. His wife died on 11 March 1883.


St Andrew’s Church, Headington (1842)
The Library from Exeter College Garden, Oxford (1837)
Engraving of Vertigo substriata from 1863 The land and freshwater mollusks indigenous to, or naturalized in, the British Isles

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