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Indian Ink

An ink made from a mixture of carbon black and water stabilised in an alkaline solution such as gum. Named after similar materials brought back from China or Japan in the past, the paste made was formed into tablets and sticks and dried. To use they were rubbed on rough stone and water added (see also ink).

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Frost's Breakfast
by Gerald Scarfe
1963
NPG 6434

Henry Cooper
by Gerald Scarfe
1967
NPG 6429

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