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Alphabe Thursday F is for Fushia

December 26, 2013

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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 to have on his shelves.  In 1859 he got lucky; he mixed aniline with chloride and obtained a deep red substance.  He called it Fuchsine as it closely resembled  the colour of the fuchsia flower.  Some called it roseine, but as the colour gained popularity when named Magenta in honour of the Italian town where the French Army fought and defeated the Austrians in June 1859.

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16 Comments leave one →
  1. December 26, 2013 4:51 pm

    Very informative post for ‘F’ ~ Happy New Year to you ~ carol, xxx

  2. December 26, 2013 6:44 pm

    Reblogged this on Living, Libraries and [Dead] Languages and commented:

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

  3. December 26, 2013 10:20 pm

    Beautiful color, and I love the raindrops on the petals! So pretty!

  4. December 26, 2013 10:57 pm

    purple is the rage among lots of my online friends. It’s funny, how many different names are available, when the color is lightened or darkened just a bit! {:-Deb

  5. December 27, 2013 4:46 am

    How fun that fads go back so far! I do love the flowers fuschia. I never noticed them until I moved to New Zealand–shame on me!

    • December 27, 2013 8:15 am

      They haven’t been so noticeable in UK until the last 30 years.

  6. December 27, 2013 6:00 am

    My mother’s favorite color!

  7. December 28, 2013 5:32 pm

    These are my favourite garden flower.from being a child when I used to pop them to turning them upside down to see the faces.thank you for reminding me of the spring that will soon be here

  8. December 28, 2013 9:17 pm

    Wow — that’s what I call PINK! 🙂 You should consider linking this to Pink Saturday. (I have a button to Pink Saturday on the sidebar of my blog.)

    Anyway, what a great F for Jenny’s Alphabe-Thursday! If you want to read about Disney’s Frozen, hop over to my blog. Frozen is my F this week. 🙂

    Greetings from Germany,

    • December 28, 2013 10:09 pm

      Long time since I have seen a Disney will lookout for it xxx

  9. January 6, 2014 8:51 am

    All of these facts about the origins of color truly fascinate me…

    Can you imagine how funny it would have been to see all of those fuchsia hands around town?

    Fabulous post for the letter “F”…

    Thanks for linking!


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