Stump

A cigar-shaped roll of paper or soft leather, pointed at each end, used to rub charcoal or chalk drawings to give a delicate blending of tones. The technique was popular in the nineteenth century as it could be used to give drawings the appearance of a photograph and is still practised today.

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Karl Friedrich Abel, by Thomas Gainsborough, circa 1765 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Karl Friedrich Abel
by Thomas Gainsborough
circa 1765
NPG 5081

Giuseppe Naldi, by François Hüet-Villiers, 1803 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Giuseppe Naldi
by François Hüet-Villiers
1803
NPG 2782

Letitia Elizabeth Landon (Mrs Maclean), by Daniel Maclise, circa 1830-1835 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Letitia Elizabeth Landon (Mrs Maclean)
by Daniel Maclise
circa 1830-1835
NPG 1953

Henry Petty-Fitzmaurice, 3rd Marquess of Lansdowne, by Edmund Thomas Parris, 1838 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Henry Petty-Fitzmaurice, 3rd Marquess of Lansdowne
by Edmund Thomas Parris
1838
NPG 1383

Hilda Trevelyan (Hilda Marie Antoinette Anna Tucker), by Richard George Mathews, 1911 - NPG  - © estate of Richard George Mathews / National Portrait Gallery, London

Hilda Trevelyan (Hilda Marie Antoinette Anna Tucker)
by Richard George Mathews
1911
NPG 6734

George Alfred Brown, Baron George-Brown, by Feliks Topolski, 1963 - NPG  - © estate of Feliks Topolski

George Alfred Brown, Baron George-Brown
by Feliks Topolski
1963
NPG 6327

Sir Tom Stoppard, by Howard James Morgan, 1980 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Sir Tom Stoppard
by Howard James Morgan
1980
NPG 6559

Nonso Anozie, by Stuart Pearson Wright, 2005 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Nonso Anozie
by Stuart Pearson Wright
2005
NPG 6751

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