Davey's gray

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An earth pigment made from finely powdered Clay and Slate originally introduced by Henry Davey in England. The color is permanent, semitransparent and generally used to shade other colors. True Davey's gray is no longer available but sometimes mixtures of synthetic ultramarine blue, Lampblack, and Zinc white are sold under this name.

Synonyms and Related Terms

Davy's gray; Davey's grey; Davy's grey

Resources and Citations

  • Ralph Mayer, A Dictionary of Art Terms and Techniques, Harper and Row Publishers, New York, 1969 (also 1945 printing)