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Gesso

A mixture of gypsum or chalk, size (rabbit glue) and water applied in layers onto panels or some other support to give a smooth white surface on which to paint or gild.

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Adam Cooper
by Stuart Pearson Wright
2000
NPG 6542

Sir John Hurt
by Stuart Pearson Wright
2000
NPG 6541

Marc Quinn
by Marc Quinn
2006
NPG 6828

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