Brush

A basic tool of animal or synthetic fibres which comes in a variety of shapes and sizes. For delicate work with a thin paint such as watercolour, a brush made from sable hair is the best quality. For oil painting a stiffer type of brush is often used such as white hog bristle.

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Sir Joshua Reynolds, by Sir Joshua Reynolds, circa 1747-1749 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Sir Joshua Reynolds
by Sir Joshua Reynolds
circa 1747-1749
NPG 41

George Romney, by George Romney, 1784 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

George Romney
by George Romney
1784
NPG 959

Philippe Jacques de Loutherbourg, by Philippe Jacques de Loutherbourg, 1805-1810 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Philippe Jacques de Loutherbourg
by Philippe Jacques de Loutherbourg
1805-1810
NPG 2493

Joseph Mallord William Turner, by Charles West Cope, circa 1828 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Joseph Mallord William Turner
by Charles West Cope
circa 1828
NPG 2943

George Arnald, by George Arnald, 1831 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

George Arnald
by George Arnald
1831
NPG 5254

Coventry Kersey Deighton Patmore, by John Singer Sargent, 1894 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Coventry Kersey Deighton Patmore
by John Singer Sargent
1894
NPG 1079

The Selecting Jury of the New English Art Club, 1909, by Sir William Newenham Montague Orpen, 1909 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

The Selecting Jury of the New English Art Club, 1909
by Sir William Newenham Montague Orpen
1909
NPG 2556

The Meeting, Royal Academy of Arts, by Leonard Rosoman, 1979-1984 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

The Meeting, Royal Academy of Arts
by Leonard Rosoman
1979-1984
NPG 5740

David Bowie, by Stephen Finer, 1994 - NPG  - © Stephen Finer / National Portrait Gallery, London

David Bowie
by Stephen Finer
1994
NPG 6336

John Hurt, by Stuart Pearson Wright, 2000 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

John Hurt
by Stuart Pearson Wright
2000
NPG 6541

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