About this artwork

This woodcut is an illustration for the story ‘The Four Friends,’ which is the tale of four animals – a mouse, a deer, a tortoise and a crow. Despite being very different, they united to help each other defeat their biggest common enemy (man) who wished to hunt them. The story is thought to have originated in South Asia but was also told as part of Aesop’s Fables. The illustration shows McKenzie’s skill as a printmaker. She was praised for her sculptural handling of her subjects, her economy and precision.

Updated before 2020

  • artist:
  • title:
    The Four Friends (For Aesop’s Fables)
  • date created:
    1936
  • materials:
    Wood engraving on paper [24/50]
  • measurements:
    10.00 x 10.00 cm; paper: 22.00 x 14.80 cm
  • object type:
  • credit line:
    Winifred McKenzie Bequest 2001
  • accession number:
    GMA 4394
  • gallery:
    View by Appointment
  • subject:
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Alison McKenzie

Alison McKenzie