Last edited 01 Dec 2020


The work 'portfolio' is thought to be derived from the Italian 'portare' meaning ‘carry’ and 'foglio' menaing ‘leaf’. In this sense, a portfolio is a large, thin, portable case used to store and carry drawings, paintings and other loose papers. It usually comprises two identical halves, usually made of plastic or leather, that are zipped together. A handle ensures it can be easily carried around. In size, portfolios as cases can range from A1 to A4.

However, the term portfolio can also be used more widely to refer to a collection:

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