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Purpose

Adam period watercolour pigmentation chart

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Adam period watercolour pigmentation chart: coloured wash pigments are described within this catalogue using consistent terminology appropriate to the Adam period e.g. pigments that were commercially available during the second half of the eighteenth century. This terminology has been carefully selected using R. Harley, Artists' pigments, c1600-1855 (1970), and in consultation with Dr Ian Bristow and Jill Lever. It has not been possible to undertake polarised light microscopy on the Adam drawings and therefore the specific chemical compositions of any given colour wash used by the Adam office is unknown. Colour attribution - within the range of the pigmentation terminology described - has been made by metameric colour matches. Lemon yellow Indian yellow Naples yellow Venetian red Indian red Red Pink Violet Prussian blue Cerulean blue Verdigris Olive green/drab Sepia/chocolate Payne's grey Black

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Drawing

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