The best quality canvases for painting have been made out of this fabric since the fifteenth century. Linen is made from the fibres of the flax plant and its fibres are longer and stronger than the cotton fibre giving it more strength and stability.
Joseph Southall; Anna Elizabeth Southall
by Joseph Edward Southall
Salman Rushdie ('The Moor')
by Bhupen Khakhar
John Robert Fowles
by Tomas Watson
Paul Nurse ('Paul')
by Jason Brooks
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