The modern lead pencil is not made of lead but is a compressed mixture of clay and graphite in a wooden or plastic casing. It is a versatile and sensitive drawing tool, often used by artists for preliminary studies which can easily be rubbed out, and comes in varying grades of softness and hardness. Pencils also come in a range of colours, and with the water-soluble kind a line can be made into a wash of colour with a brush and water.
by Peter Oliver
Hester Lynch Piozzi (née Salusbury, later Mrs Thrale)
by George Dance
by George Henry Harlow
William Holman Hunt
by Sir John Everett Millais, 1st Bt
by Henri Gaudier-Brzeska
by Cecil Beaton
late 1960s-early 1970s
Tudor and Elizabethan matching pairs
Test your memory by playing our matching pairs game. Three levels of difficulty make it fun for the whole family.
Regency familiar faces
Rearrange tiles to uncover sitters from the Gallery's Collection by playing our puzzle game.
Who do you think you were?
Answer a few lifestyle questions about the Elizabethan period and discover your inner Elizabethan!