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Davy’s Grey

Colour story: Davy’s Gray

Discover the story of Davy’s Gray, dating from the 19th century and once made from powdered slate pigment.

The meaning behind green

From wealth to poison, jealousy to independence. Unravel the many meanings of green with our deep dive.

Colour story: Silver

A special mix of pigments gives silver paint its metallic shine. Find out more about this eye-catching colour, first used back in the 1400s.

Colour story: Zinc White

Discover the history of zinc white, first developed in the 1780s and later made popular for watercolour by Winsor & Newton as Chinese White.
Pyrrole Red

Colour story: Pyrrole Red

Learn how Pyrrole red, famously known as Ferrari red, became an iconic car colour after it was created accidentally by a chemistry professor.
Raw Umber

Colour story: Raw Umber

Discover the story behind the colour raw umber, an artists' go-to for under-painting, monochromatic works and the rendering of shadows.
sepia colour

Colour story: Sepia

A black-brown colour with a reddish tone, sepia is named after the pigment taken from the ink sac of the common cuttlefish, Sepia officinalis.

Colour story: Viridian

Viridian pigment is an intense bluish-green colour. Mixed with yellow, orange or red, it gives life to an impressive range of natural greens.

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