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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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Reveals the origin stories behind over fifty of history's most vivid colour pigments

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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.


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