Payne's grey

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Payne's grey
About these coordinates     Color coordinates
Hex triplet#536878
sRGBB (r, g, b)(83, 104, 120)
HSV (h, s, v)(206°, 31%, 47%)
CIELChuv (L, C, h)(43, 19, 234°)
ISCC–NBS descriptorGrayish blue
B: Normalized to [0–255] (byte)

Payne's grey is a dark blue-grey colour used in painting. It can be used as a mixer in place of black. Since it is less intense than black, it is easier to get the right shade when using it as a mixer. Originally a mixture of iron blue (Prussian blue), yellow ochre and crimson lake,[2] Payne's grey now is often a mixture of blue (ultramarine or phthalocyanine) and black[3] or of ultramarine and burnt sienna.

The colour is named after William Payne, who painted watercolours in the late 18th century.[4]

The first recorded use of Payne’s grey as a colour name in English was in 1835.[5]

The source of the colour displayed below is the Robert Ridgway color list, entered onto the Internet from his 1912 book Color Standards and Color Nomenclature.

A gradient of Payne's grey oil paint, mixed with increasing amounts of zinc white from left to right.

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  1. ^ Of the various tones of Payne’s Grey shown on the web page of the Ridgway color list, the color displayed in the color box above matches most closely the color called Payne's Gray in the 1930 book by Maerz and Paul A Dictionary of Color New York:1930 McGraw-Hill; the color Payne’s Gray is displayed on page 117, Plate 47, Color Sample A9.
  2. ^ "Handprint : Colormaking attributes".
  3. ^ "Professional Watercolour | Winsor & Newton".
  4. ^ St. Clair, Kassia (2016). The Secret Lives of Colour. London: John Murray. p. 266–267. ISBN 9781473630819. OCLC 936144129.
  5. ^ Maerz and Paul A Dictionary of Color New York:1930 McGraw-Hill Page 201; Colour Sample of Payne’s Grey: Page 117 Plate 47 Colour Sample A9