One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A composite pigment composed of blue, red, black, and white permanent pigments, used especially for watercolours.
- ‘To achieve a unity, I immersed the half-finished painting in the bath, then added the black - it is actually Payne's grey - with a big brush.’
- ‘Long ago, walking the streets of Paris, studying the watercolors on exhibit in the shop windows, I was aware of the singular absence of what is known as Payne's gray.’
Mid 19th century: named after William Payne ( fl 1800), English artist.
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