In "A Rose for Emily" whose portrait sits on an easel by Miss Emily's fireplace,and what material was used to make it?

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In part I of Faulkner's "A Rose for Emily" a rare moment is described. A newer generation of aldermen and mayors had given Miss Emily a notice for her to pay her taxes. Since she does not acknowledge this notice, the men have to go to her house and retrieve her tax money.

It is the first time that the house had been visited in nearly 10 years. The last time was during a rare period when Emily gave art lessons locally. The men describe the place as dusty, smelling of "disuse", and damp altogether. The heavy furniture is covered in cracked leather; Emily even keeps a "negro" tend to her the way her ancestors did with slaves. This is when the men realize that there is a perennial image of the most important man in Emily's life, even in spite of her age: her father. It is he who is featured in an easel. His portrait is sketched with crayon.

On a tarnished gilt easel before the fireplace stood a crayon portrait of Miss Emily’s father.

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