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  • Agnes Miller Parker
The Challenge
© Reproduced by kind permission of Mrs A D Quickenden

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The Challenge 1934


  • Scottish Art
This is an outstanding example of Parker’s detailed technique and skill as a wood engraver. Cutting fine, cross-hatched lines into a wooden block, she captures the softness of the fur, the moisture in the eyes, and also the weight and volume of the cat’s body. With claws out, the cat appears ready to spring at a moment’s notice. Although most of Parker’s prints from this period were produced as book illustrations, this work was an independent print.

Glossary Open


An image pressed or stamped onto paper or fabric. This encompasses a wide variety of techniques, usually produced in multiples, although one-off prints, known as monoprints, are also included. The term is also applied to photographic images.



  • Acc. No. GMA 2563
  • Medium Wood engraving on paper (23/35)
  • Size 14.20 x 16.40 cm (paper 17.80 x 21.00 cm)
  • Credit Purchased 1982