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51 most beautiful colours prepared from cochineal, of a powdery texture and velvety richness. They vary from a rose colour to a warm red ; work admirably and are in other respects, except the most essential the want of durability excellent pigments in water and oil: they have not, however, any permanence in tint with white lead, and in glazing are soon discoloured and destroyed by the action of light, but are little affected by impure air, and are in other respects fine ; all the pigments prepared from which may be tested by their solubility in liquid ammonia, which purples lakes prepared from the woods, but does not dissolve their colours.

Resin acts as a varnish admits varnishing. It ; is injured by a less degree of heat than other pigments. GALL-STONE Is an animal calculus formed in the gall-bladder, prinThis concretion varies a little in cipally of oxen. colour, but is in general of a beautiful golden yellow, more powerful than gamboge, and is highly reputed as a water-colour ; nevertheless, its colour and destroyed by strong alteration by impure air. is It is rarely introduced in oil-painting, eligible therein. means soon changed light, though not subject to and is by no THE GRAMMAR OF COLOURING.

They are distinguished by the pureness, beauty, and brilliancy of their colours, which qualities are great temptations to their use in the 'hands of the painter ; they are notwithstanding far from unexceptionable pigments ; yet they have a good body, and go cordially into tint with white, both in water and oil ; but used alone, or in tint, they after some time lose their pure colour, and may even become black in impure air they nevertheless resist the sun's rays during a long time. Upon several colours they produce serious changes, ultimately destroying Prussian and Antwerp blues, when used therewith in the composition of ; Chromes may be medium, and deep.

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