Dictionarium Polygraphicum. Containing. Polygraphick Dictionary. B. Bice. Bistre.

Dictionarium Polygraphicum:
Or, The Whole Body of Arts Regularly Digested.
Vol I.
London: Printed for C. Hitch and C. Davis in Pater-noster Row, and S. Austen in St. Paul's Church Yard. MDCCXXXV.
BICE. As blue BICE bears the best body of all bright blues us'd in common work, as house painting, &c. but it is the palest in colour; it works indifferent well, but inclines a little to be sandy, and therefore requires good grinding, and that on a very hard stone; it is a blue that lies best near the eye of any now in use except ultramarine; but this last is too dear to be us'd in ordinary work.

BISTRE, BISTER, a colour made of chimney soot boil'd, and after BISTER, swards diluted with water, serving painters to wash their designs. Instead of this some use the strokes of a pen, some Indian ink, others a black stone, &c.

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