Pigments

"It is more important than we think to know what make our supplies. Artists rarely study the substances they apply. If the architect does not know the nature of the materials he uses, how can he rely on the strength of the building?"

- Anonymous, 18th Century

From the Oxford English Dictionary: A pigment is a substance used for colouring or painting, especially a dry powder, which when mixed with oil, water, or another medium constitutes a paint or ink.

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1788 Pigment Prices in Paris

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  • 6 lbs of Blanc de Troyes…… 1 franc per lb

  • 1 lb of Yellow Ochre……12

  • 1 lb of Brown Ochre……16

  • 4 ounces of Stil de Grain Yellow or Gold….1 livre, 10 francs per lb

  • 6 ounces of Cinnabar……8 livres per lb

  • 2 gros (approx. 7 grams) of Carmine….24 livres per once

  • 3 ounces of Carmine Lacquer….2 livres, 10 francs

  • 4 ounces of Prussian Blue…2

  • 1 lb of Umber……10 francs per lb

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