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Opaque water-based paint (also known as body colour). Like watercolour, it is made from powdered pigment mixed with gum Arabic but with the addition of glue to bind the pigments. In use it differs from watercolour in that white pigment is added to make lighter tones rather than by simply adding water. It has been much used by illuminators and painters of miniatures.

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Lord Halifax and his secretaries
attributed to Daniel Gardner, after Hugh Douglas Hamilton
circa 1765-1767
NPG 3328

William Ewart Gladstone
by Sydney Prior Hall
circa 1890s
NPG 2227

Alexander Korda
by Anthony Wysard
circa 1940-1956
NPG 6120

Edith Sitwell
by John Banting
circa 1944
NPG 5962

Keith Vaughan
by Keith Vaughan
NPG 6155

Pandit Ram Gopal
by Feliks Topolski
circa 1972
NPG 6812

Elvis Costello
by Adam Birtwistle
NPG 6460

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