Proportions Of Thirteen Purple To Three Yellow Measured In Surface


or intensity. Being nearest to the neutral white in the natural scale of

colours, yellow accords with it in conjunction; while, of all colours,

except white, it contrasts black most powerfully. Yellow is discordant

when standing alone with orange, unsupported by other colours.

On account of the paucity of fine yellows among the ancients, we find

that in many paintings and beautiful illuminated MSS. of old, glowing
with vermilion and ultramarine, the place of yellow was supplied by

gilding. Now, certainly, no such scarcity exists; of the three primary

colours, good yellows being the most numerous. It may be observed of

yellow pigments that their colour being primary and therefore simple,

they cannot be composed by any mixture of other colours. The same remark

of course applies to pigments which are red or blue.


In these days a new pigment soon finds its level, standing or falling

according to its merits. There are too many colours already on the

palette for a fresh comer to have much chance, unless it possess some

great distinguishing quality, or can take a place which has never been

occupied. Such a void aureolin fills. This "magnificent yellow