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Woodcut

A print produced by the oldest printing technique, employing the surface of a block of soft wood sawn along the grain. The parts that are to be white are cut away with knives and gouges, leaving the design standing up in relief. This is then inked over and pressed against a piece of paper and a relief print produced from the raised surface.

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John Stanbridge
after Unknown artist
(1529)
NPG D24338

Thomas Cranmer; Henry Cole
after Unknown artist
published 1563
NPG D24945

John Pym
after Edward Bower
1641
NPG 1425

George Parker
after Unknown artist
published 1735
NPG D16695

Queen Victoria
by Charles Roberts, after Sir George Hayter
published 1887 (1833)
NPG D33568

Florence Nightingale
published by Illustrated London News
published 24 February 1855
NPG D5364

Leopold de Rothschild
after Unknown artist
1889
NPG D5842

Sarah Bernhardt
published by William Heinemann, after William Nicholson
published 1897
NPG D9631

King Edward VII
published by William Heinemann, after William Nicholson
published 1899
NPG D10875

Charles Aitken
by Unknown artist
circa 1900
NPG D1619

William Nicholson
by William Nicholson, after Malcolm Arbuthnot
(1912)
NPG D695

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