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Introduction: A Life Lived in Colour * 1. The First Colours * 2. Colour in the Time of the Ancients * 3. Colour and the Classical World * 4. Medieval Colours * 5. Writing Inks 6. Dyes, Lakes and Pinkes * 7. Mysterious Colours * 8. The Explosion of Colour * 9. A Brave New World of Colour * 10. The Science of Modern Colour

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David Coles is the founder and head paint-maker of Langridge Artist Colours, one of the world's most respected makers of artists' oil paints. He is widely respected within the artist community and regularly lectures at leading art colleges.


'A visual feast ... sumptuous illustrations that make you want to rub your face in the plate and absorb the delicious goodness before you' - Art Book Review
'A fascinating and absorbing read that's genuinely hard to put down' - The Artist
'The tale of serendipity, family legacy, chance meetings and tenacious pursuit of the alchemical transformation of dirt into colour' - .Cent

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