Crouching Cock
© Robert Gillmor, North Light

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Crouching Cock 1914
Best known for his images of birds and other wildlife, in this print Seaby employs a key-block which gives a heavy, dark outline. This is a distinctive characteristic of Seaby’s work of this period. The tight composition focuses on a cockerel, which is leaning forward as though picking up grain from the ground. From amongst the vibrant red of his comb and wattle the cockerel’s beady eye catches the viewer’s attention. In the background two chickens appear to be feasting on a grain stack.

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The arrangement of different elements in a work of art.


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.


A print made from an image carved into a block of wood cut along the grain. Blank areas are cut away leaving an image in relief from which a print is made.

Composition, Print, Woodcut


  • Acc. No. GMA 544
  • Medium Colour woodcut on paper
  • Size 15.20 x 20.00 cm (paper 18.00 x 22.70 cm)
  • Credit Purchased 1949