Pencil

Allegory of Peace, Fertility and Science Hans von Aachen 1601

From the collection of Museum Kunstpalast In the course of his travels as an artist, Hans von Aachen visited Venice, ...
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View from the Artist’s Studio in Alservorstadt toward Dornbach Jakob Von Alt 1836

From the collection of Albertina Details Title: View from the Artist’s Studio in Alservorstadt toward Dornbach, 1836 Date Created: 1836 ...
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Funeral in Palestrina Oswald Achenbach 1857

Funeral in Palestrina Oswald Achenbachc. 1857 From the collection of Museum Kunstpalast Details Title: Funeral in Palestrina Creator: Oswald Achenbach ...
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Mountainous Landscape Andreas Achenbach 1901

Mountainous Landscape Andreas Achenbach 1901 From the collection of Museum Kunstpalast Details Title: Mountainous Landscape Creator: Andreas Achenbach Date Created: ...
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View of Neuss Andreas Achenbach 1865

View of Neuss Andreas Achenbach 1865 From the collection of Museum Kunstpalast Details Title: View of Neuss Creator: Andreas Achenbach ...
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Originally the name of a small brush (and still occasionally used as such, as in the description ‘sable pencil’), the term was subsequently transferred to a wooden-cased graphite strip, presumably because of its analogous function. The latter was described as a ‘dry pencil’ in an early account (1683) by Sir John Pettus, Deputy Governor of the Royal Mines, England. The term ‘pencil’ derives from the use of a feather quill to mount the hair of the original brush and therefore has the same origin as pen. Pencil is now most commonly understood to mean a writing or drawing instrument containing a graphite ‘lead’, but usage of the term has evolved to include identically presented items containing a colour strip in place of the traditional graphite.