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A support, often of canvas (5)

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easel

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(Other definitions for easel that I've seen before include "Lease it out to the artist" , "Standing supporter" , "Artist's wooden frame" , "artistic aid" , "Stand used by artists" .)

I've seen this clue in the Evening Standard.
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