PEACHAM, Henry, The Gentlemans Exercise. Or, An exquisite practise, as well for drawing all manner of Beasts in their true Portraitures : as also the making of all kinds of colours, to be used in Limning, Painting, Tricking, and Blazon of Coates, and Armes, with divers other most delightfull and pleasurable observations, for all young Gentlemen and others. As also Serving for the necessary use and generall benefit of divers Trades-men and Artificers, as namely Painters, Ioners, Free-Masons, Cutters and Carvers, &c. for the farther gracing, beautifying, and garnishing of all their absolute and worthy pieces, either for Borders, Architects, or Columnes, &c., London, J. Legat, 1634.1 quotations
A Bay colour.
In Latine it is called Baius aut castaneus color, A Bay or a Chestnut color, of all others it is most to bee commended in Horses, it commeth from the Greeke Βαιων which is a flip of the Date tree pulled off with the fruit, which is of this colour, in French Bay, Baiard, in Italian Baio, in high Dutch Kestenbraune taht is Chesnut Browne, it is also called of some Phænicus colour from Dates, which the Grecians call φοὶνικας but as I take it improperly, for colour Phæniceus, is either the colour of bright Purple, or of the rednesse of a Summer morning according to Aristotle […].
MARSY, François-Marie de, Dictionnaire abregé de peinture et d'architecture où l'on trouvera les principaux termes de ces deux arts avec leur explication, la vie abrégée des grands peintres & des architectes célèbres, & une description succinte des plus beaux ouvrages de peinture, d'architecture & de sculpture, soit antiques, soit modernes, Paris - Nevers, Nyon fils - Barrois, 1746, 2 vol., vol. I.1 quotations
BAY, couleur de châtaigne ; il ne se dit qu’en parlant de la couleur du cheval. Cheval bay, bay brun, bay clair, bay mirouetté, c’est-à-dire bay tacheté.