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Isaac Newton - The famous circular arrangement of spectral colours appeared in 1704 in his central work: Opticks.

Isaac Newton- Color Wheel

Street Photography Composition Lesson #12: Color Theory

Two color circles are included as illustrations in the 1708 edition of Traité de la peinture en mignature, an artist's manual attributed to "C." (often assumed to be Claude Boutet, or the publisher, Christophe Ballard).

Plate 3 from Charles Hayter's 'A New Practical Treatise on the Three Primitive Colours . . . with some practical rules for reflections and Sir Isaac Newton's distribution of the colours in the rainbow' Published by John Booth , London, 1830

Charles Hayter, A New Practical Treatise on the Three Primitive Colour, London, 1830

Isaac Newton - After Newton had used a prism to separate daylight and count seven individual colours, it appeared to him that, when considering colour-hue, this was a closed system. By taking the violet end of the spectrum and linking it to the red start-point, he thus created a convincing circle of colours. With Newton’s circular shape, the transition between the one- and two-dimensional colour-system is complete.

Isaac Newton - After Newton had used a prism to separate daylight and count seven individual colours, it appeared to him that, when considering colour-hue, this was a closed system. By taking the violet end of the spectrum and linking it to the red start-point, he thus created a convincing circle of colours. With Newton’s circular shape, the transition between the one- and two-dimensional colour-system is complete.

Isaac Newton - The famous circular arrangement of spectral colours appeared in 1704 in his central work: Opticks.

Isaac Newton, the circular arrangement of spectral colours, From his work Opticks. “ After Newton had used a prism to separate daylight and count seven individual colours, it appeared.

James Sowerby. A New Elucidation of Colours. Sowerby introduced his colour-system in 1809 as a tribute to Sir Isaac Newton.

A New Elucidation of Colours. Sowerby introduced his colour-system in 1809 as a tribute to Sir Isaac Newton.

Illustration 4 : THE PRISMATIC SPECTRUM , by Sir Robert Boyle, 1664 (LEFT), and Sir Isaac Newton, c1672 (RIGHT).

Illustration 4 : THE PRISMATIC SPECTRUM , by Sir Robert Boyle, 1664 (LEFT), and Sir Isaac Newton, c1672 (RIGHT).

RadioLab episode, "Colors" (dog, sparrow, butterfly, mantis shrimp and human vision.)

RadioLab episode, "Colors" (dog, sparrow, butterfly, mantis shrimp and human vision.)

Illustration 11 : THE MUSICAL CYCLE OF THOMAS SALMON, & ISAAC NEWTON'S COLOUR-MUSIC DISC.

Illustrated essays on colour music relationships in Isaac Newton's 'Opticks', on the tercentenary of its publication in

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