Relief

In sculpture a raised image projecting from a flat background. Relief sculpture is that which is not free-standing. According to the prominence of the image, such sculptures are usually classified as high, medium, or low relief. In printmaking relief printing is the oldest technique. Areas are gouged out of a block of wood or other surface, leaving a raised image. Areas cut away will remain blank on the printed paper after the raised surface has been covered in ink and an impression taken. A wide range of materials can be used to make blocks or plates including stone, wood, potatoes and lino (see also woodcut and wood engraving).

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Sir Thomas Lovell, after Pietro Torrigiano, (circa 1518) - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Sir Thomas Lovell
after Pietro Torrigiano
(circa 1518)
NPG 1565

Charlotte Augusta Matilda, Princess Royal, attributed to Peter Rouw, circa 1795 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Charlotte Augusta Matilda, Princess Royal
attributed to Peter Rouw
circa 1795
NPG 2174

James Thomson, by Unknown artist, after 1748 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

James Thomson
by Unknown artist
after 1748
NPG 4896

Richard Howe, 1st Earl Howe, after John De Vaere, (1798) - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Richard Howe, 1st Earl Howe
after John De Vaere
(1798)
NPG 3313

Sarah Siddons (nee Kemble), by Thomas Campbell, 1843 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Sarah Siddons (nee Kemble)
by Thomas Campbell
1843
NPG 642

Jabez Bunting, by William Behnes, 1852 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Jabez Bunting
by William Behnes
1852
NPG 4880

Spencer Horatio Walpole, by Conrad Dressler, 1882 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Spencer Horatio Walpole
by Conrad Dressler
1882
NPG 5215

Robert Louis Stevenson, by Augustus Saint-Gaudens, 1887 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Robert Louis Stevenson
by Augustus Saint-Gaudens
1887
NPG 2349

King George VI, by Bertram Park, 1930s - NPG  - © estate of Bertram Park / National Portrait Gallery, London

King George VI
by Bertram Park
1930s
NPG x1695

Ted Hughes, by Leonard Baskin, 1978 - NPG  - Photograph © National Portrait Gallery, London

Ted Hughes
by Leonard Baskin
1978
NPG 6259

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