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The old-fashioned term for graphite when used for making pencils, originating from the Latin word for 'lead'.

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Isaac Barrow
by David Loggan
NPG 1876

John Locke
by Sylvester Brounower
circa 1693
NPG 4061

Sir Thomas Browne
after Robert White
late 17th century
NPG 1969

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Untitled, c.1973 (Alex Chilton) by William Eggleston © Eggleston Artistic Trust

Eggleston Playlist

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