According to the late expert, Ralph Mayer, "Hooker's Green" is a "mixture of pigments but labeled with a single name, containing impermanent or doubtful materials and have been discarded or relegated to the status of obsolete or inferior colors." In other words it is a combination of minerals and not a single or pure mineral pigment such as lapis lazuli is the base mineral/pigment of ultramarine blue. The nomenclature of the name Hooker is unknown to my reference but it could imply an adulterated green.
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I was using tube watercolors with seventh graders the other day and the
name "hooker's green" was a great source of amusement to some of the
guys...Does anyone on the list know what or where the 'hooker' in this
green comes from?
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