Margate in Maps and Pictures

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Books: Wood engravings of Margate by G. W. Bonner

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The Picturesque Pocket Companion to Margate, Ramsgate and Broadstairs, and the parts adjacent: with 120 Illustrations on Wood , by G. W. Bonner was published by William Kidd of London as part of their “Picturesque” Guide series in 1831, at a price of 1s 6d. [The Athenaeum, 1832, p 152]. It was reviewed in The Literary Gazette, and Journal of the Belles Lettres in 1831 [July 9 1831, p 443] as follows:

The Picturesque Pocket Companion to Margate, Ramsgate and Broadstairs , and the parts adjacent: with 120 Illustrations on Wood, By G. W. Bonner, 18mo. pp. 216. London, 1831. Kidd.

This is a truly picturesque little volume of some very picturesque and beautiful scenery. Its principal recommendations are the numerous wood engravings with which it is illustrated, some of which are as delicate specimens of the art of wood-cutting, and as faithful views of the several objects, as anything we have met with in the landscape department: they are equally creditable to the skill of the artist and the taste of the publisher. The letter-press is just sufficient for the purpose intended, - briefly historical, and therefore admirably calculated for a pocket companion; while a copious Index affords instant reference for every remarkable object on the river Thames and the Isle of Thanet. We apprehend few solitary travellers, or new visitors to the Isle, will be without a " Pocket Companion.”

The woodcuts were included in Three hundred and twenty picturesque views in Great Britain by Charles MacKenzie, published by Edward Lacey, London, probably in 1835, which proclaims: “The views in this complete series are admitted to be, without exception, the prettiest as well as the most faithful delineations of the places they represent, and are quite gems of art as illustrative engravings.” They were also reprinted in 1839 in Picturesque excursions; containing upwards of four hundred views, at and near places of popular resort, etc. edited by Arthur Freeling and published by William S. Orr & Co., London. Finally, the original volume was reprinted in “An Enlarged Edition” under the title The Picturesque Companion to the Isle of Thanet by W. C. Brasier, of 20 High Street, Margate, with the same illustrations and much the same text. Although undated, this edition was published some time after the South Eastern Railway opened their line to Margate in 1846.

George Wilmot Bonner

George Wilmot Bonner, the wood engraver, was born in 1796 and died in 1836. He trained two pupils who went on to obtain fame as wood engravers, William James Linton and Henry Vizetelly, who left rather different impressions of him. Linton clearly enjoyed his time working with Bonner:

“ In 1828, having taken lessons in some sort of drawing, and therefore being fondly supposed to have an artistic inclination, I was apprenticed to Mr. George Wilmot Bonner, wood-engraver, a nephew and pupil of Branston, and went to live with the Bonner family for six years at Kennington, a suburb of London on the Surrey side. Bonner was a clever artist, and a good master, making his pupils learn and do everything connected with their work, even to sawing up a box-wood log and planning and smoothing the rounds of wood to fit them to receive the drawings. For these we might also sometimes have to make the sketches and draw them on the wood for our own engraving. It was good artistic training.” [The English Republic, by W. J. Linton. With introduction and notes, by Kineton Parkes, 1891]

Vizetelly had less fond memories:

“When, in 1835, the time arrived for me to leave school, a certain aptitude I had shown for drawing led my father to think of educating me for an artist. But after I had spent a few months in copying from the flat and the round, and had attended some occasional Royal Academy lectures, wood-engraving was deemed a preferable profession for me to follow, owing to my father's position as a publisher. I was thereupon apprenticed to a friend of the family, Mr. G. W. Bonner, a second-rate wood-engraver, who intensified in his woodcuts the conventional mannerisms of the bold water-colour drawings which he was somewhat an adept at producing. . . . Bonner employed several assistants, and had one other apprentice, who, like myself, lived with the family at Newington. . . . Ten hours’ work a day was our allotted portion.” [Glances back through Seventy Years: Autobiographical and Other Reminiscences, Volume 1, Henry Vizetelly, Kegan Paul, Trench, Trubner and Co, 1893]


Bathing Machine 1831 | Margate History Bettisons Library Hawley Square 1831 | Margate History Dandelion Gateway 1831 | Margate History Dandelion House 1831 | Margate History

Bathing Machine

Bettisons Library [Hawley Square]

Dandelion Gateway

Dandelion House

Drapers Alms Houses 1831 | Margate History Droit House 1831 | Margate History Ebenezer Chapel [Baptist] 1831 | Margate History Entrance to Jetty 1831 | Margate History

Drapers Alms Houses

Droit House

Ebenezer Chapel [Baptist]

Entrance to Jetty

Fort Rocks 1831 | Margate History Gasometer 1831 | Margate History Margate Harbour 1831 | Margate History Hartsdown 1831 | Margate History

Fort Rocks




Hawley Square Chapel {Wesleyan Methodists] 1831 | Margate History Jarvis' Landing Place 1831 | Margate History Levey's Bazaar [The Boulevard] 1831 | Margate History Margate Mills [near Dane or Hooper's Hill]  1831 | Margate History

Hawley Square Chapel {Wesleyan Methodists]

Jarvis' Landing Place

Levey's Bazaar

Margate Mills [near Dane or Hooper's Hill]

Market 1831 | Margate History Old House King Street 1831 | Margate History Pump 1831 | Margate History Royal Hotel [Howe; Cecil Square]  1831 | Margate History


Old House King Street


Royal Hotel [Howe]

Royal Sea Bathing Infirmary 1831 | Margate History St. John's Church [Old Church] 1831 | Margate History Theatre Royal 1831 | Margate History Tivoli Gardens [Entrance] 1831 | Margate History

Royal Sea Bathing Infirmary

St. John's Church [Old Church]

Theatre Royal

Tivoli Gardens [Entrance]

Tivoli Gardens 1831 | Margate History Tivoli Gardens [Pergola] 1831 | Margate History Trinity Church [Steel engraving by W. Edmunds] 1831 | Margate History Vicarage House 1831 | Margate History

Tivoli Gardens

Tivoli Gardens [Pergola]

Trinity Church [Steel engraving by W. Edmunds]

Vicarage House

View from the Fort 1831 | Margate History Westbrook 1831 | Margate History Westgate 1831 | Margate History Whitfield Tower [near Northdown] 1831 | Margate History

View from the Fort



Whitfield Tower [near Northdown]

Zion chapel [Lady Huntingdon's Connection] 1831 | Margate History

Zion chapel [Lady Huntingdon's Connection]

Margate Neighbourhood

Birchington church 1831 | Margate History Farm House near Birchington 1831 | Margate History Hengrove 1831 | Margate History Kingsgate Gateway 1831 | Margate History

Birchington church

Farm House near Birchington


Kingsgate Gateway

Kingsgate Castle 1831 | Margate History Kingsgate Arx Ruochim 1831 | Margate History Kingsgate Harley Tower 1831 | Margate History Muthrix 1831 | Margate History

Kingsgate Castle

Kingsgate Arx Ruochim

Kingsgate Harley Tower


Nash Court 1831 | Margate History North Foreland Lighthouse 1831 | Margate History Quex 1831 | Margate History Quex: Waterloo Tower 1831 | Margate History

Nash Court

North Foreland Lighthouse


Quex: Waterloo Tower

Ranelagh Gardens 1831 | Margate History Ranelagh Gardens 1831 | Margate History Reculvers 1831 | Margate History Salmestone Grange 1831 | Margate History

Ranelagh Gardens

Ranelagh Gardens


Salmestone Grange

Shallows 1831 | Margate History Twenties 1831 | Margate History



The Boat from London

London Bridge [New Landing Place] 1831 | Margate History Wharf at St. Katharine's Dock 1831 | Margate History

London Bridge [New Landing Place]

Wharf at St. Katharine's Dock

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