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The Lake District, Cumbria, where generations of artists, poets and writers have been lured by its beautiful valleys and dramatic peaks; landscapes that have inspired Ruskin and Wordsworth, the pathways of Wainwright and the lakes of Swallows & Amazons.

It’s a land that has cradled the discovery of graphite and the development of pencil making. Over the generations, The Cumberland Pencil Company has evolved the simple pencil into a range of diverse and innovative products to suit every kind of artist from aspiring amateur to dedicated professional.

Founded in 1832 in the Lake District, the home of the first pencil, it is still going strong. Our passion and commitment to excellence is demonstrated to perfection in the Derwent brand of fine art drawing media.  Although justifiably proud of its heritage, Derwent also has a reputation for innovation. From the classic ranges of Artists, Graphic and Watercolour to exciting introductions such as  Inktense, Graphik Line Painters and Graphitint, Derwent has been inspiring artists worldwide for many years and continues to do so.