“I thus: “The minarets already, Sir!
There, certes, in the valley I descry,
Gleaming vermilion, as if they from fire
Had issued.” He replied: “Eternal fire,
That inward burns, shows them with ruddy flame
Illumed; as in this nether Hell thou seest”
Dante Alighieri.  Inferno. Canto VIII
“Above all, good taste is what mellows everything. For by lightening or darkening one colour more than another, or by changing the lights of one of them, you can remedy many discordances which may often result from the assemblage of colours.”
Acisclo Antonio Palomino de Castro y Velasco
“Yellow is perhaps the most useful colour of all in these islands because it can compensate for the lack of sunshine. The purer shades of yellow are very stimulating and too strong to be used except in moderation. But the lighter shades of yellow, primrose and pale golden, are a great standby.”
Noel Carrington.  Colour and Pattern in the Home. 1954
“It is fair to say that response to the redecorated schools has been enthusiastic. The reactions of the children are of special interest. It seems, for example, that a greater degree of cleanliness and carefulness follows automatically, especially among the junior children. Light colours are respected and are not damaged. Old prejudices have been overcome to a surprising extent. Teachers appreciate the practical improvements and are certainly conscious of the more pleasant character created, though not always able to define it”
Ministry of Education (Building Bulletin No 9)

I did laugh, ye gods, at the vermilion rope-marks that were to be seen all about the Assembly.

FIRST OLD WOMAN (leaning out of the window of one house)
How is this? no men are coming? And yet it must be fully time! Then it is for naught that I have painted myself with white lead, dressed myself in my beautiful yellow robe, and that I am here, frolicking and humming between my teeth to attract some passer-by! Oh, Muses, alight upon my lips, inspire me with some soft Ionian love-song!

Aristophanes.  Ecclesiazusae.
“A new style uniform is to be introduced for conductors and attendants in British Railways restaurant cars…Staff in the Regions will be identified by the Regional colours used for lapel and cuff linings and for the piping on the trousers and hat brims…Scottish Region - light blue; North-eastern - orange; London Midland - maroon; Southern Region - green; Eastern Region - dark blue; Western Region - brown.”
British Transport Commission
“And here I will express my conviction that a colour-art exactly analogous to the sound-art of music is possible…Nor do I see why it should not equal any in the splendour of its results and variety of its applications.”
The Reverend H.R. Hawers
“In his search for ever more brilliant and pungent tones, Stravinsky led away from the clear colours of Rimsky-Korsakoff’s orchestration to a distortion of the natural timbres of each instrument…This persistent use of extreme colouring eventually becomes as monotonous in its way as the drab shades and muddy impasto of Brahms.”
Constant Lambert
“Up until a few years ago the aggressive use of color in an interior intimidated many people otherwise dauntless in the face of threats. They feared making choices that might be considered in bad taste; they were wary of the ghastly mistakes they had seen their friends make in the name of originality; and they were concerned lest their selections reveal too many of their most intimate psychological secrets.”
Barbara Plumb (1972)
“In the seventeenth century Newton related colours to the notes of the diatonic scale; red for C, orange for D, yellow for E, green for F, blue for G, indigo for A, violet for B.”
Faber Birren
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