color in history

Hand-colored tintype portrait of three unidentified African American women, c. 1856.

Source: Harvard Library.

Chart of colours based upon Benson’s ‘cube of colours’: sections at right angles with the primary axes of the cube. // Illustration for the monograph Principles of the science of colour concisely stated to aid and promote their useful application in the decorative arts by William Benson (Chapman & Hall, London, 1868)