Coal tar dye
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An early general name for any of the thousands of synthetic organic colorants obtained from coal-tar based products, such as Benzene, Toluene, Xylene, Naphthalene, Anthracene, and Aniline. Coal-tar dyes were first derived in 1856 when William Perkin made Mauve, an Aniline dye.
See also Aniline dye.
Synonyms and Related Terms
aniline dyes; colorante al catrame (It.); aniline colors; coal tar colors; coal-tar colors
- Some coal tar dyes are carcinogenic.
Resources and Citations
- Ralph Mayer, A Dictionary of Art Terms and Techniques, Harper and Row Publishers, New York, 1969 (also 1945 printing)
- Hermann Kuhn, Conservation and Restoration of Works of Art and Antiquities, Butterworths, London, 1986