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Print - Cows and Daisies

Cows and Daisies

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    1964 (printed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Paynter, Hilary, born 1943 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case GG, shelf 149, box C

In wood engraving, a design is drawn onto the surface of a block of polished hard wood such as box. Fine tools are used to remove those parts of the design that are to print white leaving behind a tracery of lines and shapes in relief. These are inked with a sticky ink, stiff enough to prevent it from falling into the hollows and an impression is taken using hand pressure or a press.

This is an early work of Paynter's showing experimentation with bold and delicate mark making as well as black and white line engraving. Paynter's work shows impeccable technique and an exceptional creative range. It features dramatic landscapes, coastlines and buildings rich in heritage as well as gentler pastoral scenes. It includes more personal observations within her home and of her children, private and intimate commissions for bookplates and Christmas cards, and illustrations for private press. Perhaps her greatest contribution to the medium is represented by her social and political commentaries and works that address psychological issues related to daily life. Paynter became Secretary and later Chair of the reformed Society of Wood Engravers in the 1980s and has been instrumental in the resurgence of wood engraving as a medium. In 2006, she became President of the Society of Painter-Printmakers in recognition of her outstanding contribution to printmaking.

Physical description

Wood engraving, inscribed with proof status, title and signature in pencil.

Place of Origin

London (made)


1964 (printed)


Paynter, Hilary, born 1943 (artist)

Materials and Techniques


Marks and inscriptions

'A/P, Cows and Daisies, Hilary Paynter'


Height: 12 cm image, Width: 15 cm image

Descriptive line

Wood engraving, Cows and Daisies, Hilary Paynter, 1964

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Paynter, Hilary, Full Circle: Hilary Paynter, Wood Engravings, Woodend Publishing, 2010, pg 143, cat 27.

Production Note

Artist's proof


Paper; Printing ink


Wood engraving




Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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