Russet is a dark brown color with a reddish-orange tinge. As a tertiary color, russet is an equal mix of orange and purple pigments.
The first recorded use of russet as a color name in English was in 1562.
The source of this color is the The ISCC-NBS Method of Designating Colors and a Dictionary of Color Names (1955) used by stamp collectors to identify the colors of stamps.
The name of the color derives from russet, a coarse cloth made of wool and dyed with woad and madder to give it a subdued grey or reddish-brown shade. By the statute of 1363, poor English people were required to wear russet.
Russet, a color of autumn, is often associated with sorrow or grave seriousness. Anticipating a lifetime of regret, Shakespeare's character Biron says in Love's Labour's Lost, Act V, Scene 1: "Henceforth my wooing mind shall be express'd / In russet yeas and honest kersey noes."
The color is mentioned in a famous quote taken from a letter Oliver Cromwell wrote to Sir William Spring in September 1643: "I had rather have a plain, russet-coated captain that knows what he fights for, and loves what he knows, [than that which you call a gentleman and is nothing else]".
^RGB approximations of RYB tertiary colors, using cubic interpolation. The colors displayed here are substantially paler than the true colors a mixture of paints would produce.
^Miskella, William J. (2004) . Practical Color Simplified: A Handbook on Lacquering, Enameling, Coloring and Painting 1928. Whitefish, Montana: Kessinger Publishing. ISBN 9781417980512. pp. 20–21.