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Hill-figure

Sara Champion

in Grove Art Online

Volume Grove Art Online, issue Published in print August 1996 |
Published online January 1998 | e-ISBN: 9781884446054

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Type of landscape art. It is apparently unique to Britain, and the earliest hill-figures probably pre-date the Roman conquest of the 1st century BC. Hill-figures are produced by removing turf to expose the underlying rock or soil. In the majority of cases—most figures are found in southern England—this is chalk, and thus almost all the figures appear white on a green background. One notable exception was the no longer extant Red Horse of Tysoe

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