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A cigar-shaped roll of paper or soft leather, pointed at each end, used to rub charcoal or chalk drawings to give a delicate blending of tones. The technique was popular in the nineteenth century as it could be used to give drawings the appearance of a photograph and is still practised today.

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Tom Stoppard
by Howard James Morgan
NPG 6559

Nonso Anozie
by Stuart Pearson Wright
NPG 6751

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