Grisaille

A painting carried out in shades of grey or neutral greyish colours. It can be used as a base for a full-colour painting or to look at the balance of light and shade in a composition (as a sketch for a proposed work). Also a technique used in painting to imitate the rounded relief effect of a sculpture.

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Robert Morrison, possibly by George Chinnery, circa 1834 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Robert Morrison
possibly by George Chinnery
circa 1834
NPG 3943

Samuel Prout, by Charles Turner, circa 1836 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Samuel Prout
by Charles Turner
circa 1836
NPG 1245

Samuel Phelps, by Alfred Bryan,  - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Samuel Phelps
by Alfred Bryan
NPG 3015

Ellen Terry, replica by John Singer Sargent, 1906 (1889) - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Ellen Terry
replica by John Singer Sargent
1906 (1889)
NPG 2273

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