Conté à Paris Crayons & Pastels

Frenchman Nicolas Conté was a classic 18th-century Renaissance man: a chemist, inventor, soldier and balloonist as well as artist. Most importantly for our purposes, he created the pencil as we know it, responding to a wartime lack of British graphite by mixing the material with clay, thereby introducing the possibility of different degrees of hardness.

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  1. Conte a Paris Soft Pastel Pack of 50

    RRP: £76.10 £39.95

  2. Conte a Paris Soft Pastel Pack of 10

    RRP: £18.25 £12.75

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  3. Conte a Paris Carres Crayon Traditional Set of 12

    RRP: £17.25 £12.95

  4. Conte a Paris Graphite Drawing Set of 6

    RRP: £7.10 £6.95

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  5. Conte a Paris Putty Eraser

    RRP: £2.05 £1.95

  6. Conte a Paris Soft Pastel Pack of 20

    RRP: £35.50 £19.95

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  7. Conté à Paris Carbon Pencil

    RRP: £1.60 £1.50

    Available in 6 sizes
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  8. Conté à Paris Charcoal Pencil

    RRP: £1.60 £1.50

    Available in 4 sizes
  9. Conté à Paris Traditional Drawing Pencil

    RRP: £1.60 £1.50

    Available in 5 colours
  10. Conte a Paris Graphite Pencils 3H to 6B Set of 12

    £14.95

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Conté à Paris Crayons & Pastels

Conté then went on to invent the Conté Carré Crayon, a firm pastel used by Degas and Picasso, among others. The company is still justly famed for these and its other ranges of pastels, crayons and pencils.