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The Early Colour Pigments

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  1. Stil de Grain

    Stil de Grain

    Starting at: £12.20

    Stil de Grain Genuine Pigment (NY13:75640) Natural Yellow Pigment also known as brown lake, yellow lake, Persian lake, Buckthorn lake, Dutch pink, yellow carmine and Italian pink. Weak tinting strength. Very transparent, especially in oil. Compatible with all media, except lime. Fugitive to sunlight. Slow drying rate in oil. Available since 17th Century. Learn More
  2. Orpiment Pigment

    Orpiment Pigment

    Starting at: £12.75

    Orpiment Pigment Learn More
  3. Gamboge Powder

    Gamboge Powder

    Starting at: £5.20

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    Natural tree resin. Bright, transparent yellow. Soluble in alcohol and is often used as a colourant for alcohol based varnishes. Learn More
  4. Gamboge Pipe Pieces

    Gamboge Pipe Pieces

    Starting at: £18.90

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  5. Litharge Pigment

    Litharge Pigment

    Starting at: £8.00

    Lead monoxide. Pale yellow similar to Naples Yellow. Little use as a pigment but often used as a drying agent in varnishes. Used by Romans. Learn More
  6. Madder Root Pieces

    Madder Root Pieces

    Starting at: £27.80

    Madder Root Pieces. Larger quantities are available by request. Learn More
  7. Madder Lake Genuine Pigment

    Madder Lake Genuine Pigment

    Starting at: £10.20

    Madder Lake Genuine Pigment. Requires wetting agent. Learn More
  8. Carmine Red Genuine Pigment

    Carmine Red Genuine Pigment

    Starting at: £9.90

    Carmine Red Genuine Pigment. Requires wetting agent. Place of origin: Peru Learn More
  9. Rose Madder Genuine Pigment

    Rose Madder Genuine Pigment

    Starting at: £15.80

    Alizarin lake made by extracting dye from madder root and precipitating onto an inert base. In use since Roman times. Requires wetting agent. Learn More
  10. Vermilion Genuine Pigment

    Vermilion Genuine Pigment

    Starting at: £15.90

    Vermilion Genuine Pigment Learn More
  11. Azurite Pigment

    Azurite Pigment

    Starting at: £11.80

    Native basic copper carbonate. Rare antecedent of cobalt and cerulean blues. Usage dates back to the Romans. Works poorly in oil and is therefore used primarily in aqueous media. Learn More
  12. Genuine Malachite Pigment

    Genuine Malachite Pigment

    Starting at: £14.90

    Greenish variety of native copper carbonate used as a pigment by ancient Egyptians. Learn More
  13. Synthetic Malachite Pigment

    Synthetic Malachite Pigment

    Starting at: £4.20

    Artificial Copper Carbonate. Learn More
  14. Lead Tin Yellow Light Pigment

    Lead Tin Yellow Light Pigment

    Starting at: £4.80

    Bright yellow first used in the Middle Ages as a replacement for Orpiment. Suitable for oil based media. Learn More
  15. Lead Tin Yellow Dark Pigment

    Lead Tin Yellow Dark Pigment

    Starting at: £4.80

    Lead Tin Yellow Dark Pigment Learn More
  16. Realgar Pigment

    Realgar Pigment

    Starting at: £12.75

    Arsenic disulphide. Yellow orange colour. First used by ancient Egyptians. Learn More
  17. Blue Verditer Pigment

    Blue Verditer Pigment

    Starting at: £4.90

    Copper hydroxide plus copper carbonate. Widely used in mid 18th century. Best in non oil based media. Learn More
  18. Egyptian Blue Pigment

    Egyptian Blue Pigment

    Starting at: £5.90

    Mixture of copper silicates. One of the earliest artificial pigments. Used in Egypt from about 3000 BC then used by the Romans. Superseded by smalt. Suitable for fresco and distemper. Learn More
  19. Verdigris Pigment

    Verdigris Pigment

    Starting at: £4.90

    Hydrated copper acetate. Early artificial pigment which dates from Roman times. Learn More
  20. Ivory Black Genuine Pigment

    Ivory Black Genuine Pigment

    Starting at: £38.00

    Made by burning ivory scrapes. Fine and intense with a high carbon content. Learn More
  21. Smalt Light Pigment

    Smalt Light Pigment

    Starting at: £5.20

    A variety of cobalt blue glass. Historically considered to be the direct continuation of Egyptian Blue. First made in the 17th century. Learn More
  22. Smalt Dark Pigment

    Smalt Dark Pigment

    Starting at: £5.30

    A variety of cobalt blue glass. Historically considered to be the direct continuation of Egyptian Blue. First made in the 17th century. Learn More
  23. Lapis Lazuli Light Pigment

    Lapis Lazuli Light Pigment

    Starting at: £10.20

    Usage dates from the Middle Ages when it was the only reliable blue pigment. Different intensities of genuine ultramarine are caused by the varying intensities of colour in the original lazurite vein. Learn More
  24. Lapis Lazuli Dark Pigment

    Lapis Lazuli Dark Pigment

    Starting at: £12.20

    Lapis Lazuli Dark Pigment. Usage dates from the Middle Ages when it was the only reliable blue pigment. Different intensities of genuine ultramarine are caused by the varying intensities of colour in the original lazurite vein Learn More

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