As well as a wood engraver, prose writer, maker of books, Joseph Crawhall II (1821–1896) was a businessman, patron of the arts, campaigner for the preservation of architecture, collaborator of Punch magazine’s Charles Keene, collector of antiquities, angler, baccy smoker, executor of the will of Thomas Bewick’s daughter. Fully absorbed in the life of a thriving and productive 19th century Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Crawhall made significant contributions in every area of interest that he pursued.

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