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Pencil or stick of coloured chalk or wax used for drawing. The word originated from the seventeenth century French word 'craie'; for chalk. It is now more associated with sticks of dry, powdered colour with a wax binder which give an effect like pastel but greasier.

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Charles Burney
by Francesco Bartolozzi, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
NPG D14662

Phil May
by Sir Robert Ponsonby Staples, Bt
NPG 1659

William Roberts
by William Roberts
circa 1912-1913
NPG 6135

Compton Mackenzie
by Powys Evans
NPG 5872

John Piper
by Peggy Angus
NPG 6545

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