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: £77.60 £34.50

  2. Conte a Paris Graphite Pencils 3H to 6B Set of 12

    RRP: £15.50 £12.95

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  3. Conte a Paris Soft Pastel Pack of 10

    RRP: £18.60 £12.95

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  4. Conte a Paris Carres Crayon Traditional Set of 12

    RRP: £17.60 £14.95

  5. Conte a Paris Graphite Drawing Set of 6

    RRP: £7.25 £6.95

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  6. Conte a Paris Putty Eraser

    RRP: £2.10 £1.95

  7. Conte a Paris Soft Pastel Pack of 20

    RRP: £36.20 £19.95

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  8. Conté à Paris Carbon Pencil

    £1.65

    Available in 6 sizes
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  9. Conté à Paris Charcoal Pencil

    £1.65

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

    £1.65

    Available in 5 colours

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.