Field's Purple Or Purple Rubiate Is The Only Durable Organic

purple the palette possesses. Marked by a soft subdued richness rather

than by brilliancy, it leans somewhat towards marrone, and affords the

greatest depth of shadow without coldness of tint. Unfortunately, in the

whole range of artistic pigments there is no colour obtainable in such

small quantity as madder purple; hence its scarcity and high price cause

it to be confined to water-colour painting, in which the clearness and

beauty of its delicate tones render it invaluable in every stage of a

drawing. With raw Sienna and indigo or Prussian blue, subdued by black,

it gives beautiful shadow tints, and will be found useful in sky and

other effects compounded with cobalt, rose madder, French blue and

sepia, yellow ochre and cobalt, lamp black and cobalt, light red,

Vandyke brown, burnt Sienna, or aureolin. With great transparency, body,

and depth, it is pure and permanent in its tints, neither gives nor

sustains injury on admixture, dries and glazes well in oil, works well,

and is altogether most perfect and eligible. For fresco it is admirably

adapted, being quite uninjured by lime.

There is a lighter and slightly brighter sort, containing less colouring

matter and more base, which has all the properties of the above with

less intensity of colour. For the sake of cheapness, the purple is

sometimes compounded in oil, generally of brown madder and a blue.

Provided the latter be stable, transparent, and mix kindly, no greater

objection can be taken to this than to the neutral orange of brown

madder and yellow ochre.


is a brilliant bluish purple of much richness, employed in draperies and

the like. It is prepared by precipitating an alcoholic extract of the

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