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Vandyke brown

a medium brown color.
any of several dark-brown pigments consisting of iron oxide mixed with lampblack or similar materials.
Origin of Vandyke brown
First recorded in 1840-50 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Some cheap beads and coloured handkerchiefs, and a faint wash of Vandyke brown over face and hands, gave the finishing touches.

    The Madcap of the School Angela Brazil
  • The Vandyke brown of the present day is a bituminous ochre, purified by grinding and washing over.

    Field's Chromatography George Field
  • A well-fitted doublet and hose, of a grave colour, were partially concealed by a short camlet cloak of Vandyke brown.

  • Paint the end of the nose and edges of the eyelids with Vandyke brown and black, using oil colors.

  • The basis of the color is Vandyke brown and a little black added to it.

    Practical Graining

    William E. (William Edmund) Wall
  • Then dash in your ground, composed of a thin mixture of Vandyke brown and raw sienna.

    Where Art Begins Hume Nisbet
  • The fur of the upper parts is a bright chestnut-red or Vandyke brown, excepting the hairy tail, which is black above.

  • Vandyke brown is also a natural earth; both these colours are permanent.

  • The prevailing colors of the markings are dark browns, from "warm sepia" or "Vandyke brown" to "bone brown" or "clove brown."

  • She dipped her brush into a pot of Vandyke brown and painted one of the whittled toy horses in two strokes.

    McTeague Frank Norris
British Dictionary definitions for Vandyke brown

Vandyke brown

  1. a moderate brown colour
  2. (as adjective): a Vandyke-brown suit
any of various brown pigments, usually consisting of a mixture of ferric oxide and lampblack
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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