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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 3943

Samuel Prout
by Charles Turner
circa 1836
NPG 1245

Ellen Terry as Lady Macbeth
replica by John Singer Sargent
1906, based on a work of 1889
NPG 2273

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