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Creator:
Thomas Sully, 1783–1872, American
Title:

Color Guide, Based on Varley's List of Colors

Part Of:

Collective Title: Sketchbook: Lessons in Landscape Painting

Date:
between 1814 and 1838
Medium:
Watercolor, with pen and brown ink on medium, moderately textured, beige, laid paper
Dimensions:
Sheet: 11 1/2 × 9 3/8 inches (29.2 × 23.8 cm)
Inscription(s)/Marks/Lettering:

Inscribed in pen and brown ink, entire sheet: "Vermillion - for Draperies & for all clear bright red | objects which are artificial such a colour painted | on Boats. Its brightness throws other red teints | into distance & must be therefore used in the | front grounds. | Burnt Umber. Used as a shadow to warm teints | of Earth & to Bt Sienna for front ground for | the general colour of earth when used thinly & | for dark touches in front ground. | Purple grey. made with Lake & Lamp Black | useful in grey barks of trees & rocks. when | mixed with Bt. Sienna it makes various browns | & mixed with Blue it m akes a grey [suitable?] | for middle distances. | Neutral teint, of Venetian Red & Indigo & | a little Lake good for cloudy skies & with | the addition of a little Blue & Lake forms a pearly | grey useful as a shadow to such clouds. | Dark warm green of Bt. Sienna, Gamboge & | Indigo - useful in front ground & for the shadows | of trees &c. | Warm green For trees & weeds. made of Bt.

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
B1981.25.2737
Classification:
Drawings & Watercolors
Collection:
Prints and Drawings
Access:
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Link:
https://collections.britishart.yale.edu/catalog/tms:19972
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