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On the Colour-Sense



THERE is an interesting paper in the Nineteenth Century1 for February last in which the colour-nomenclature in the Homeric poems and that of the modern Hindústání language are compared with modern English usage. The writer traverses to a great extent Mr. Gladstone's suggestion2 that the ancient Greeks were deficient in colour-sense (i.e. compared with modern Englishmen), and propounds the idea that the natives of India have a keen colour-sense.


  1. 1

    "Light from the East on the Colour Question," by W. J. Furrell, p. 321 of Nineteenth Century for February, 1885.

  2. 2

    "The Colour Sense," by the Right Honourable W. E. Gladstone, M.P., p. 366 of Nineteenth Century for October, 1877.

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