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One of the main techniques used in sculpture, a process of cutting into a hard material such as wood, stone, marble or ivory, and removing it to leave a shape or form. The opposite of modelling.

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Susannah Maria Cibber (née Arne)
by Unknown artist
circa 1729
NPG 1984

Alexander Pope
by John Michael Rysbrack
NPG 5854

John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough
studio of John Michael Rysbrack
circa 1730
NPG 2005

Laurence Sterne
by Joseph Nollekens
circa 1766
NPG 1891

Angelica Catalani
by Lewis Alexander Goblet
NPG 5039

Charles Long, 1st Baron Farnborough
by Sir Francis Leggatt Chantrey
NPG 2090

James Joyce
by Renée Mendel
NPG 5883

Noel Gilroy Annan, Baron Annan
by Glynn Anthony Williams
NPG 6220

Andrew Motion
by Jilly Sutton
NPG 6543

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