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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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Karl Friedrich Abel
by Thomas Gainsborough
circa 1765
NPG 5081

Giuseppe Naldi
by François Hüet-Villiers
NPG 2782

Letitia Elizabeth Landon (Mrs Maclean)
by Daniel Maclise
circa 1830-1835
NPG 1953

Tom Stoppard
by Howard Morgan
NPG 6559

Nonso Anozie
by Stuart Pearson Wright
NPG 6751

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