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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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Philippe Jacques de Loutherbourg
by Philippe Jacques de Loutherbourg
NPG 2493

J.M.W. Turner
by Charles West Cope
circa 1828
NPG 2943

George Arnald
by George Arnald
NPG 5254

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