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Alfred H. Cooper and the Overall Wash

Alfred Heaton Cooper (1863-1929) was a Victorian painter of the Lake District known for his sensitive handling of landscape moods. He often keyed his watercolors with an overall color wash, also known as a "ghost wash." According to his son William, "He would choose what he painted by the colour of the day - for instance, today, the lightest part of the whole landscape is the clouds, they had this pinky glow, so Father would take a brush full of light red or cadmium and vermilion and take it over the whole of the paper so that it shone through - he would do it like a wash to start with, let it dry, then paint on top of it, then any blues that came on it would have this sort of warm blue, broken blue.
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