Friday, 26 April 2013
Original water colour by Ronald Embleton depicting wood engraver Thomas Bewick and some of his friends at the ‘Black Boy Inn’, Groat Market, Newcastle, where ‘Swarley's Club’ held regular meetings.
Around 1790, Bewick was elected a member of 'Swarley's Club'. Gentlemen's clubs in the late eighteenth century provided opportunity for political or religious debate. Swarley's weekly meetings, however, were more of a social nature.