Some of the engravings by Joseph Austin Benwell, particularly full-page illustrations, are in a 'montage' or composite' layout. These often had decorative borders, some of which are reminiscent of the 'Arts and Crafts' movement in style. The subject matter of these engravings was often facutual, showing, for example, methods of cultivation of exotic plants or vignettes of life-styles in foreign countries. Some examples are shown below.

Indigo Cultivation in Lower Bengal
'Indigo Cultivation in Lower Bengal' Leisure Hour 1861

 

Methods of Conveying Cotton in India to the Ports of Shipment

 'Methods of Conveying Cotton in India to the Ports of Shipment' Illustrated London News 1861

Cultivation of Cotton and its preparation for the Market
'Cultivation of Cotton and its preparation for the Market' Leisure Hour 1861 

 

The Pepper Plant (Piper Nigrum)
'The Pepper Plant (Piper Nigrum' Leisure Hour 1861

 

'Outdoor Life in China' Leisure Hour 1858 

 'Peripatetic Trades in China' Leisure Hour 1858 

'The Bamboo and its Uses' Leisure Hour 1860

 

'Pictorial History of Silk Production'  Leisure Hour 1858

 'Pictorial History of the Nutmeg'  Leisure Hour 1857

Glimpses of Delhi and its Interiors

 'Glimpses of Delhi and its Interiors' Leisure Hour 1858

'Manners and Customs of the Japanese' Leisure Hour 1859 (J BENWELL DEL lower right vertical)

 

'Modes of Travelling in India' Illustrated London News 1863 

 Material researched and written by Dee Murray. Website compiled by Dee Murray. Photograph of Joseph Austin Benwell courtesy of Bristol Museum and Art Gallery.

All images on this website are either scanned or photographed from the author’s own resources, or are in the public domain in digital format via websites such as HathiTrust, Openlibrary.org, the Internet Archive (archive.org) or Google Books.

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