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The Derwent Inspiration

For over 180 years, the Lake District has inspired Derwent to create unique and world class products. The dynamic
landscape of rolling fells and towering peaks has provided the backdrop for generations of artists, writers and
poets from Thomas Gray to Coleridge and Wordsworth, Ruskin and Hemmingway.

The Derwent Heritage

The discovery of graphite in the Borrowdale Valley and the birth of pencil making in Keswick are a heritage
of which Derwent is rightly proud. The Cumberland Pencil Company created its first pencil in 1832 and the first
Derwent fine art colour pencil was introduced in 1938. The Derwent Pencil Museum still stands on the site of the original
factory in Keswick. Derwent continues to evolve and improve not only its traditional pencils but also to introduce
new innovative products to enhance all its customers’ experience and artistic opportunities.


Derwent has reduced their energy consumption, recycle their sawdust and uses sustainable resources wherever
possible. They have been awarded the Queen’s Award for Enterprise for their unique solvent-free paint application
system which has greatly improved the air quality. The business is also ISO 9001 accredited.

The Derwent Mission

Derwent aims to be the world’s leading manufacturer of quality art materials, caring for customers and
the environment. Derwent designs products to Inspire, Create and Enjoy.

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Derwent Accessories

A variety of Derwent accessories to enhance techniques and support colour pencils and graphite art works.


Derwent Artists Pencils

You'll be spoiled for choice with Derwent Artists Pencils. There are 120 colours in the range and they are ideal for layering and blending so you can create an infinite spectrum of subtly different hues and tints.


Derwent Blenders & Burnishers

Blending tools for blending colours and producing a polished finish to colour pencil drawings.


Derwent Charcoal Pencils

Traditional charcoal for art encased in wood to work like a pencil but still keep all the traditional charcoal effects.


Derwent Coloursoft Pencils

The softest pencil in the Derwent range to bring out the colour richness in quick easy strokes.


Derwent Erasers

A Derwent eraser for every artist. A range of highly effective erasers developed specifically for artists. Each eraser will suit a different way of working, yet all offer impressive smudge
free erasing.


Derwent Graphic Pencils

mooth, finely textured graphite strip for professional application, made from the finest quality graphite and purest clays.


Derwent Inktense Pencils

Derwent Inktense Pencils are our best water-soluble pencil ever! You can use them dry but mix them with water and the colour turns into vibrant ink. Once it’s dry the colour is fixed and because its permanent it’s great for using on fabric such as silk and cotton.


Derwent Metallic Pencils

Introduce a little sparkle to sketches and drawings with these bright, highly reflective pencils. They work best on a dark background and add brilliant definition and glowing highlights


Derwent Pastel Pencils

Pastels encassed in wood like a pencil while maintaining all the pastel effects without the mess.


Derwent Pencil Storage

Storage specially designed for pencils and accessories.