Definition of Payne's grey in English:

Payne's grey

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Pronunciation: /peɪnz ˈɡreɪ


[mass noun] Printing
A composite pigment composed of blue, red, black, and white permanent pigments, used especially for watercolours.
More example sentences
  • To achieve a unity, I immersed the half-finished painting in the bath, then added the black - it is actually Payne's grey - with a big brush.
  • Long ago, walking the streets of Paris, studying the watercolors on exhibit in the shop windows, I was aware of the singular absence of what is known as Payne's gray.


mid 19th century: named after William Payne (fl. 1800), English artist.

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