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This satirical drawing by Rowlandson clearly demonstrates the type of lines characteristic of a reed pen. Rowlandson was a prolific satirical and caricature artist and is known often to have used a reed pen. In this drawing, he has gone over a faint graphite underdrawing using a fairly diluted black ink. The lines are strong and of a uniform width and tend to be square-ended; these characteristics would have been impossible to achieve with a quill.

August 2004