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Landing Place

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    2011 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Chesterman, Merlyn (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Woodblock print, using a shaped and cut block, oil-based water-washable ink on Okawara paper.

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level F, case EDUC, shelf 9D

Landing Place by Merlyn Chesterman is a woodblock print. The block has been cut into in places to represent white sea-gulls against the darker cliff backdrop. The artist has also shaped the blcok show silhouette outlines of more birds and cliffs. Chesterman has used the wood-grain to represent the sea-water caves and the rock strata of the cliffs above, which gives the composition three-dimensionality and sense of movement. The shaped edge reinforces the two-dimensions of the woodblock surface.

Artist Merlyn Chesterman became interested in woodcuts during a visit to China where she saw them being used in windows instead of glass.

Physical description

Image of a cliff with caves and sea with sea-birds landing on the rocks. The block has been shaped at the top to show the silhouettes of the rock and birds. The grain of the wood is used to represent rock strate and sea-water below. The block has been cut in places to leave bird-shaped white spaces showing against the dark of the rock.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)


2011 (made)


Chesterman, Merlyn (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Woodblock print, using a shaped and cut block, oil-based water-washable ink on Okawara paper.

Marks and inscriptions

Artist's monogram, stamped in red ink, bottom right

Edition number, bottom left in pencil

Landing Place
Bottom centre, in pencil


Height: 41.8 cm sheet, Width: 33 cm sheet

Descriptive line

Woodcut. Merlyn Chesterman. Landing Place, 2011.


Printing ink; Japanese paper


Woodblock print

Subjects depicted

Silhouettes; Cliff; Sea; Seagulls; Cave


Prints; Printmaking techniques

Production Type

Limited edition


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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