The Fishermen's Church

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The Fishermen's Church 1930
  • Scottish Art
Cheyne cut nine wood blocks to make this work. He used five separate blocks, four of which are cut on both sides. Each of the colours would have been printed separately, layered one on top of the other. The inking of each block would be done by hand and each colour superimposed on top of the other in precise registration. This print is marked 4/20, showing that Cheyne made just twenty copies. By limiting the edition in this way, printmakers preserved the rarity value, and therefore the customer demand and price structure. Also, the blocks would become worn and the quality of the image would deteriorate if very many copies were made. Cheyne has adopted a birds-eye view of this scene which accentuates the drama of the stormy sea and bleak landscape.

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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.

Print, Woodcut


  • Acc. No. GMA 204
  • Medium Colour woodcut on paper (4/20)
  • Size 25.50 x 26.70 cm (paper 31.50 x 31.30 cm)
  • Credit Purchased 1949