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).
Sir Thomas Lovell
after Pietro Torrigiano
early 20th century, based on a work of circa 1518
Charlotte Augusta Matilda, Princess Royal
attributed to Peter Rouw
by Unknown artist
Frederick, Duke of York and Albany; King George IV
by Thomas R. Poole
Richard Howe, 1st Earl Howe
after John De Vaere
based on a work of 1798
Robert Stewart, 2nd Marquess of Londonderry (Lord Castlereagh)
possibly by David Morison
Sarah Siddons (née Kemble)
by Thomas Campbell
by William Behnes
Spencer Horatio Walpole
by Conrad Dressler
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