One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A painter in monochrome.
Early 19th century; earliest use found in James Barry (1741–1806), history painter, printmaker, and author. Probably alteration of monochromist after classical Latin monochrōmatos, its etymon Hellenistic Greek μονοχρώματος, or their ultimate etymon ancient Greek χρωματ-, χρῶμα: see monochromatic.
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