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Bistre (or bister) is both a shade of gray and a shade of brown made from soot, and the general name for a color resembling the pigment. Bistre's appearance is generally of a dark grayish brown, with a yellowish cast.

Beechwood was commonly burned to produce the soot, which was boiled and diluted with water. Many of the "Old Masters" used bistre as the ink for their drawings. Instead of this, some used the strokes of a pen, some India ink, others a black stone, etc. [1]

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  1. ^  This article incorporates content from the 1728 Cyclopaedia, a publication in the public domain. [1]

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1911 encyclopedia

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From LoveToKnow 1911

BISTRE, the French name of a brown paint made from the soot of wood, now largely superseded by Indian ink.

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