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.

Conté à Paris
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  1. Conte a Paris Graphite Pencils 3H to 6B Set of 12

    RRP: £11.99 £9.95

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  2. Conte a Paris Soft Pastel Pack of 10

    RRP: £16.00 £9.95

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  3. Conte a Paris Carres Crayon Traditional Set of 12

    RRP: £14.99 £10.95

  4. Conte a Paris Graphite Drawing Set of 6

    RRP: £5.50 £3.95

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  5. Conte a Paris Putty Eraser

    £1.50

  6. Conte a Paris Soft Pastel Pack of 20

    RRP: £29.50 £14.95

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  7. Conte a Paris Soft Pastel Pack of 50

    RRP: £65.50 £29.95

  8. Conte a Paris Sketching Box Set of 21

    RRP: £22.00 £16.95

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.