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Alphabe Thursday F is for Fushia

December 26, 2013

I enjoy reading about the background of the colours in my palette

AITCH : Away in the creative hub

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During the middle to late 19th Century it would seem that ‘Tyrian Purple was all the rage.  Everyone was wearing purple.  According to the British journal Punch ‘London was affected with mauve measles.

Charles Dickens wrote ‘As I look out of my window, the apotheosis of Perkins’s purple seems at hand-purple hands wave from open carriages -purple hands shake each other at street doors -purple hands threaten each other from opposite sides of the street; purple striped gowns cram, barouches, jam up cabs, throng steamers, fill railway stations; all flying countryward, like so many migrating birds of purple Paradise’.

It would seem that anyone who had the facilities to experiment with the purple aniline (a by product of coal tar) would be eager to find a new alternative. As luck would have it François-Emanuel Verguin; a one time manager of an acid factory began to experiment with reagents he happened…

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