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north light


any natural light from a northerly direction, but not direct sun, esp. desired by artists

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  • There was daylight, too, but it was north light, and the winter days were dull.

  • Since she left Mrs. Lorch, this was the first place where she had got away from a north light.

    Song of the Lark Willa Cather
  • He spoke of the finished picture and its worth when done; I, of the brushes, the palette, and the north light.

  • I had at this time and for many years afterward a superstition about a north light.

    Reminiscences, 1819-1899 Julia Ward Howe.
  • It was an attic at the top of the house, and had a dormer window with a north light.

  • Also—as the north light seemed to take a hideous delight in proving—her figure was irreclaimably dumpy and plump.

    The Sins of the Children Cosmo Hamilton
  • The north light is the most restful and the easiest light to work by, and it is esteemed the best drying light.

    Practical Carriage and Wagon Painting Mayton Clarence Hillick
  • And I sometimes wonder whether this chalkiness is due to the use of the north light!

  • How can it be they praise Gerda's white cheeks, and the new-come snow in the north light beam?

    Glimpses of Three Coasts Helen Hunt Jackson
  • north light still was like what a color photographer would consider 5500° Kelvin, so the sun must be pretty hot.

    The Sky Is Falling Lester del Rey

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