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It is a solution of finely-ground pigments in a water-soluble binding substance such as gum arabic. The first practioners of watercolour were the illuminators of medieval manuscripts, who used the paint to colour their line-drawn illustrations. From the fifteenth century onward, it was used to add color to prints. Sixteenth-century artists used watercolour in drawings where it was necessary to call attention to colour: in studies for tapestries, costumes, or scientific illustrations, for example.


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