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Sanguine

A French term for red chalk traditionally derived from red iron oxide and popular for the softness and warmth it gives to a drawing. Conté crayons and chalks are traditionally available in sanguine.

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Edward Gibbon
by Unknown artist
circa 1785-1790
NPG 4854

Hercules Brabazon Brabazon
by William Rothenstein
circa 1895
NPG 6687

Dame Margery Perham
by William Rothenstein
1919
NPG 5484

John Henry Whitley
by William Rothenstein
1924
NPG 4799

Rabindranath Tagore
by William Rothenstein
1930
NPG 6697

Sir Frank Brangwyn
by Arthur Henry Knighton-Hammond
1937
NPG 4374

Tom Mann
by Ivan Opffer
1938
NPG 5447

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