Investigating drawing - Conté crayon

A very hard type of crayon made from graphite and coloured clay. It usually comes in black, brown or warm red and is similar to chalk but with a slightly greasy texture. It also does not smudge or break as easily though the composition of conté makes it harder to rub out.

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Francis Bacon, by Clare Shenstone, circa 1982 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Francis Bacon
by Clare Shenstone
circa 1982
NPG 6424