Handwriting is going out of fashion, but let’s at least remember how to draw – Telegraph.co.uk

Students given the chance to work with drawings in the British Museum by Michelangelo, Rubens and Cézanne (now going on an unprecedented national tour) surprised staff by wanting to take photographs, rather than making studies of them with pencil and sketchbook.

Like handwriting, drawing may become an extinct talent. From the first days of mankind, with charcoal and ochre on cave walls, to our own generation, with funny caricatures in exercise books or letters home, drawing has been co‑natural with humanity. Even Queen Victoria seems a far less rigid figure once one has seen her sketch from 1842 of her toddler daughter chubbily unclothed and attempting to climb into a bath as high as a wheelie-bin. Writing can create pictures, but it would be a disaster to lose the power of the pencil, which has an extra dimension on which it can literally draw.

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