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Hatching

Shading or filling in with finely spaced parallel lines. This technique is used mainly in drawing and engraving but also in tempera painting. When more sets of parallel lines are drawn criss-cross over the first it is known as cross-hatching.

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Sir James Bacon
by Sebastian Evans
1877
NPG 2173(3)

Figure study of an unknown woman
by George Estall
late 19th century
NPG D23211

Charles Ginner
by Charles Ginner
1940s
NPG 4992

Iris Murdoch
by Tom Phillips
1986
NPG 5944(1)

Doris Lessing
by Leonard William McComb
1999
NPG 6517(1)

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