Be still, my beating heart! I love color, I love having all the shades of pencils there are, and shelves of jars of lapis lazuli and madder and vermilion, and great peacock tails of Pantone. I can watch Girl with a Pearl Earring over, just for the techniques. (Though I wish the DVD had included a key to what frame came from what picture.)
With many thanks to bioephemera, who writes:
From Richard Waller, "A Catalogue of Simple and Mixt Colours with a Specimen of Each Colour Prefixt Its Properties"
Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London, vol. 6, 1686/1687 (London, 1688)
Noting the lack of a standard for colors in natural philosophy, and inspired by a similar table published in Stockholm, Richard Waller indicated that his "Table of Physiological Colors Both Mixt and Simple" would permit unambiguous descriptions of the colors of natural bodies. To describe a plant, for example, one could compare it to the chart and use the names found there to identify the colors of the bark, wood, leaves, etc. Similar applications of the information collected in the chart might also extend to the arts and trades, he suggested.
Read more about Waller's color system in The Creation of Color in Eighteenth-Century Europe by Sarah Lowengard.