King's blue

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An unstandardized pigment name first used for smalt. King's blue became associated with a sky blue tone and later the name was used for cobalt blue and for a mixture of synthetic ultramarine blue and lead white.

Sources Checked for Data in Record

  • M. Doerner, The Materials of the Artist, Harcourt, Brace & Co., 1934
  • Ralph Mayer, A Dictionary of Art Terms and Techniques, Harper and Row Publishers, New York, 1969 (also 1945 printing)