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  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Bristol (made)

  • Date:

    2017 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Goodman, Ben (printmaker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    wood engraving

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case EW, shelf 144, box A

Physical description

Wood engraving of a young child.

Place of Origin

Bristol (made)


2017 (made)


Goodman, Ben (printmaker)

Materials and Techniques

wood engraving


Height: 41 cm sheet, Width: 28.9 cm sheet

Historical context note

Kwabena and the wood engraving, Jungle Gardener, also in the museum collection are from Goodman’s Ghana series in which he chose a different tool for each print and pushed it to its limits. This results in equally arresting images of youth and advancing age. The lozenge graver is used for Kwabena with great control and economy; the spitsticker for the patchwork of marks and patterns in Jungle Gardener which build facial structure and physiognomy. Goodman mapped out the outlines and key shapes of these designs in advance, but the details of the designs were improvised on the block and emerged as he worked.

Ben Goodman is both a wood engraver and an etcher. At 29, he became the youngest ever elected member of the Society of Wood Engravers. He exhibits regularly at the RWA, the Royal Academy of Art, Mall Galleries and annually with the Society of Wood Engravers.

Descriptive line

Print, 'Kwabena', wood engraving by Ben Goodman, 2017


Paper; Printing ink


Wood engraving


Children & Childhood; Africa


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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