COLOURS (OF THE DISTEMPER) (n.)
AGLIONBY, William, Painting Illustrated in Three Diallogues. Containing some Choice Observations upon the Art. Together with The Lives of the Most Eminent Painters From Cimabue, to the time of Raphael and Michael Angelo. With an Explanation of the Difficult Terms, London, John Gain, 1685.1 quotations
Painting in Distemper, is when either the Wall or Board you Paint upon, is prepared with a certain Paste or Plaister, and then as you Work, you temper your Colours still with a Liquor made of the Yolk of an Egg, beaten with the Milk of a Figg Sprout, well ground together. This is a way of Painting, used by Antient Masters very much ; and it is a very lasting Way, there being yet things of Ghiotto’s doing upon Boards, that have lasted upwards of Two Hundred Years, and are still fresh and Beautiful. But since Oyl Painting came in, most have given over the way of Working in Distemper. Your Colours in this way are all Minerals, whereas in Working in Fresco, they must be all Earths.