Dutch pink

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A transparent yellow lake pigment. Dutch pink, used since the 16th century, was initially extracted from unripe Buckthorn berries (rhamnetin) and later (after 1819) from Oak bark (quercitron). Generally, the colorant was absorbed on Chalk or Alumina trihydrate. Dutch pink is fugitive and not recommended for permanent paintings. Brown pink, a darker version of Dutch pink prepared with a ferrous sulfate mordant, was popular in the late 18th and early 19th centuries.

Synonyms and Related Terms

brown pink; buckthorn lake; English pink; Italian pink; Dutch yellow; pink; stil-de-grain (Fr.)

Resources and Citations

  • R. J. Gettens, G.L. Stout, Painting Materials, A Short Encyclopaedia, Dover Publications, New York, 1966
  • Ralph Mayer, A Dictionary of Art Terms and Techniques, Harper and Row Publishers, New York, 1969 (also 1945 printing)
  • R.D. Harley, Artists' Pigments c. 1600-1835, Butterworth Scientific, London, 1982
  • Dictionary of Building Preservation, Ward Bucher, ed., John Wiley & Sons, Inc., New York City, 1996

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