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.

Resources and Citations

  • 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)

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