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The Four Friends (For Aesop’s Fables)
© The McKenzie Sisters Charitable Trust

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The Four Friends (For Aesop’s Fables) 1936

Not on display

  • Scottish Art
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.

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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 4394
  • Medium Wood engraving on paper [24/50]
  • Size 10.00 x 10.00 cm; paper: 22.00 x 14.80 cm
  • Credit Winifred McKenzie Bequest 2001