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Body colour

Watercolour which is mixed with white pigment to make it opaque. It is often used on drawings on tinted paper or watercolours to show the contrast with the transparency of pure watercolour (see also gouache)

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John Wolcot
by Walter Stephens Lethbridge
circa 1817
NPG 156

Brook Taylor
probably by Louis Goupy
NPG 1920

The Audience of the Grand Signor (A Sultan of Turkey receiving a British Ambassador)
by Unknown artist, associated with Francis Smith, and Robert Pranker
circa 1755-1765
NPG 3797

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