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. When water is added to conté on paper the pigment is loosened and it can be used like a wash.

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Queen Elizabeth II
by Edward Irvine Halliday
1948
NPG 6238

Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh
by Edward Irvine Halliday
1948
NPG 6239

Wyndham Lewis
by Michael Ayrton
1955
NPG 5995

Francis Bacon
by Clare Shenstone
circa 1982
NPG 6424

Iris Murdoch
by Tom Phillips
1986
NPG 5944(1)

Iris Murdoch
by Tom Phillips
1986
NPG 5944(2)

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