Orlando Jewitt

JEWITT, Orlando (1799-1869) — Oxford & London

Wood engraver, draughtsman and printer. Produced Ground plan of Ripon Cathedral for John Richard Walbran, “A guide to Ripon, Harrogate, Fountains Abbey, Bolton Priory, and several places of interest in their vicinity” 1851. Principally known as an illustrator, specialising in gothic architecture, illustrations for guide-books, etc.

Thomas Orlando Sheldon Jewitt was born at Attercliffe, Sheffield, 26 Jul 1799, a son of the topographer, Arthur Jewitt, and his wife, Martha or Mary, née Sheldon. He was baptised at St. Peter, Sheffield, 18 Aug 1799. He was brother to the wood-engravers Edwin, Henry and Llewellynn Jewitt. Almost wholly self-taught, his first published works were wood-engravings to his brother Arthur G. Jewitt’s “Wanderings of memory” 1815. Brought up in Buxton and Rotherham, and later at Duffield, Derbyshire, where he illustrated his father’s guide-books. A trade-card from this period was acquired by Derby Museums in 2012. He married Phoebe Stanley (1798-1883) 27 Sep 1829 at Duffield, with whom he had five children. The family moved to Oxford, where Jewitt also became a keen archaeologist, writing articles, lectures and guides. In 1851 he was employing five men and living at Headington with his wife and four children. From 1856 Jewitt spent the final part of his career in London and died there 30 May 1869. He was buried at Paddington.

Duffield, Derbyshire — 1829-1835
Church Street, Headington, Oxford — 1841-1851
20 Clifton Villas, Camden Town — 1857-1869

Apprentice: Edward Bower.

BBTI. BM. Frank Broomhead, “The book illustrations of Orlando Jewitt” 1996. Bryan. Harry Carter, “Orlando Jewitt — wood engraver” 1962; Census 1841-1861. COPAC. Engen (1985). Fincham. Grant. Holloway. Houfe. ODNB.

2 Replies to “Orlando Jewitt”

  1. I have a very sadly deteriorated copy of The Imperial Gazetteer Vol ll. which contains many of Orlando Jewitt wood engravings.
    I Also have one or two of his wood engraving tools which I wish to pass on to an appreciative Jewitt family descendent

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