Meaning of Payne's grey in English:

Payne's grey

Pronunciation /ˌpeɪnz ˈɡreɪ/


mass nounPrinting
  • A composite pigment composed of blue, red, black, and white permanent pigments, used especially for watercolours.

    ‘To achieve a unity, I immersed the half-finished painting in the bath, then added the black - it is actually Payne's grey - with a big brush.’
    • ‘Long ago, walking the streets of Paris, studying the watercolors on exhibit in the shop windows, I was aware of the singular absence of what is known as Payne's gray.’


Mid 19th century named after William Payne (fl 1800), English artist.