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  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    1986 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Scullard, Sue (artist)
    John Lewis Partnership Group (commissioned by)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Wood engraving on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the artist

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case EW, shelf 150, box A

The success of this 1980s wood-engraved design by artist Sue Scullard (born 1958) for Waitrose pate is reflected in the fact that it was still being used in 1995. Waitrose (a British supermarket chain) felt that wood-engraving and other non-photographic methods of illustration were most effective in suggesting that greater care was taken in the manufacture of a product.

Physical description

Proof of wood engraving for Waitrose Salmon, Crab and Trout Paté packaging.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)


1986 (made)


Scullard, Sue (artist)
John Lewis Partnership Group (commissioned by)

Materials and Techniques

Wood engraving on paper


Height: 25.5 cm, Width: 19 cm

Object history note

Acquired in connection with the display A Fine Line - Commercial Wood Engraving in Britain, V&A, 10 October 1994 - 26 March 1995.

Descriptive line

Proof for Waitrose Salmon, Crab and Trout Paté packaging designed by Sue Scullard for John Lewis Partnership Group; British, 1986

Labels and date

Sue SCULLARD (born 1958)

Packaging for Waitrose fish patés
Designed by John Lewis Partnership Group. 1986
Offset lithograph and proof of the wood engravings
Given by Sue Scullard

The success of this design is reflected in the fact that it is still being
used. There are a number of examples of wood engraved fish in
packaging today, perhaps reflecting the influence of Bewick's
History of British Fish but also the fact that wood engraving is an
ideal medium to depict fish. Waitrose feel that wood engraving and
other non-photographic illustrations convey a sense of greater care
in the manufacture of a product. [1994]


Paper; Ink



Subjects depicted

Crab; Supermarkets; Salmon; Trout


Prints; Illustration; Labels & packaging; Images Online

Production Type



Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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