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A brown ink, the pigment for which traditionally come from the brown liquid found in the ink sac of the cuttlefish. It has a semi-transparent quality and is used for pen and wash drawings.

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John Colepeper, 1st Baron Colepeper
copy attributed to George Perfect Harding, after Unknown artist
early 19th century
NPG 2666

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