Wine-Coloured Ivy


THE question has been discussed of late whether the ancient Greeks had an acute and true sense of colour. I remember once to have seen the remark that Sophocles shows his want of colour-sense by speaking of wine-coloured ivy. Now this really shows how true his perception of colour was. I inclose two ivy leaves which I have gathered today off a wall; I could have gathered plenty of the same colour, which, as you will see, is claret colour.

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MURPHY, J. Wine-Coloured Ivy. Nature 16, 551 (1877).

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