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.
Sir Joshua Reynolds
by Sir Joshua Reynolds
Agostino Carlini; Francesco Bartolozzi; Giovanni Battista Cipriani
by John Francis Rigaud
by George Romney
Coventry Kersey Deighton Patmore
by John Singer Sargent
The Selecting Jury of the New English Art Club, 1909
by Sir William Orpen
The Meeting, Royal Academy of Arts
by Leonard Rosoman
by Stephen Finer
Sir John Hurt
by Stuart Pearson Wright
Three Royal Court Theatre Directors (Katie Mitchell; Stephen Daldry; Ian Rickson)
by Justin Mortimer
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