Definition of Payne's gray in English:

Payne's gray


  • A composite pigment composed of blue, red, black, and white permanent pigments, used especially for watercolors.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’


Mid 19th century: named after William Payne ( fl 1800), English artist.


Payne's gray

/ˌpānz ˈɡrā/