From the ochres of pre-history, later civilisations’ creation of vibrant colours from base materials, through to modern world synthetic pigments, colour has played an integral role in the way we describe the world around us. Stories of colours dug from the ground beneath us, to others so expensive only kings and popes could afford them, from the ancient world to the present are revealed within these pages. Written by David Coles, founder of Langridge Artist Colours and co-founder of St Luke Artist Colourmen. He has been an invited lecturer and guest speaker for the last 25 years. His knowledge on colour, from both an artistic, scientific and historical perspective has seen him speak at institutions around the world.