English pink

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1) Another name for Dutch pink, a natural yellow lake pigment. Although English pink was considered inferior by some because it was paler and coarser in consistency (Harley 1982). This term fell into disuse by the end of the 18th century.

2) A pastel reddish white color ceramic pigment. English pink, or chrome-tin pink, was developed about 1790 by a potter in Staffordshire. The color is produced when chromic oxide and tin oxide fuse in the presence of lime. The color is dependent on particle size and is not always uniform. Pink can also be formed by the combination of chromium and zircon oxides. Chrome-tin pink was occasionally used as a pale pink artists color.

Synonyms and Related Terms

chrome-tin pink

Resources and Citations

  • 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
  • Robert Fournier, Illustrated Dictionary of Practical Pottery, Chilton Book Company, Radnor, PA, 1992