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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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Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex
attributed to studio of Nicholas Hilliard
circa 1595
NPG 6241

John Wolcot
by Walter Stephens Lethbridge
circa 1817
NPG 156

Brook Taylor
probably by Louis Goupy
1720
NPG 1920

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