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Sgraffito

A technique of scraping off, used in oil or acrylic painting, where lines in the top layer of paint or gilding are scraped to reveal a different coloured layer beneath.

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Barbara Hepworth
by Barbara Hepworth
1950
NPG 5919

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Healthcare Heroes

Activities for children and families inspired by three healthcare heroes from our Collection.

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