English vermilion

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English vermilion


A common name for Vermilion made in England by precipitating Mercury sulfide. This process produces a light, bright shade of red. The pigment is prepared for use in paints and enamels, but is rarely used because of its high cost and toxicity.

Sources Checked for Data in Record

  • Thomas Gregory, The Condensed Chemical Dictionary, Reinhold Publishing, New York, 3rd ed., 1942
  • Ralph Mayer, A Dictionary of Art Terms and Techniques, Harper and Row Publishers, New York, 1969 (also 1945 printing)