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Ian Chilvers

in The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists

Fourth edition

Published in print January 2009 | ISBN: 9780199532940
Published online January 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191727634

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Term that can, in its broadest sense, be applied to any paint bound with a medium (generally gum arabic) soluble in water. Its use has been widespread and varied over a long period, embracing ancient Egyptian papyruses, Chinese paintings on silk, the decoration of medieval illuminated manuscripts, and Elizabethan portrait miniatures. In normal parlance, however, the term ‘watercolour’ usually refers specifically to a type of painting in which the lighter tones are not obtained by mixing white pigment with the colours (...

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