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  1. Printing.
    1. the elements that constitute a mechanical, as type, proofs, and illustrations.
    2. a mechanical; paste-up.
  2. the production of artistic or craft objects.
  3. the object so produced.
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Origin of artwork

First recorded in 1875–80; art1 + work
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  1. all the original nontextual matter in a publication, esp the illustrations
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Word Origin and History for artwork


also art-work, 1877, from art (n.) + work (n.).

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