A thin board or tablet, usually oval or oblong, for laying out and mixing paint. Traditionally wooden and with a hole for the thumb, they can come in almost any shape or size and be made from any type of non-absorbent material such as ceramic, glass or marble. The term is also used to refer to the range of colours used by an artist in a painting.
Gerlach Flicke; Henry Strangwish (Strangways)
by Gerlach Flicke
by Mary Beale
by Edward Collier
by Michael Dahl
Sir Joshua Reynolds
by Sir Joshua Reynolds
Agostino Carlini; Francesco Bartolozzi; Giovanni Battista Cipriani
by John Francis Rigaud
Philippe Jacques de Loutherbourg
by Philippe Jacques de Loutherbourg
by George Arnald
Emilia Francis (née Strong), Lady Dilke
by Pauline, Lady Trevelyan (née Jermyn), and Laura Capel Lofft (later Lady Trevelyan)
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