Sepia (color)

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This article is about the color. For other uses, see Sepia.
About these coordinates     Color coordinates
Hex triplet #704214
sRGBB  (rgb) (112, 66, 20)
CMYKH   (c, m, y, k) (0, 41, 82, 56)
HSV       (h, s, v) (30°, 82%, 44[1]%)
Source Maerz and Paul[2]
B: Normalized to [0–255] (byte)
H: Normalized to [0–100] (hundred)

Sepia is a reddish-brown color, named after the rich brown pigment derived from the ink sac of the common cuttlefish Sepia.

The word sepia is the Latinized form of the Greek σηπία, sēpía, cuttlefish.[3]

Sepia in culture

Sepia ink used for writing, drawing and as a colored wash by Leonardo da Vinci
  • Sepia ink was commonly used as writing ink in Greco-Roman civilization. It remained in common use as an artist's drawing material until the 19th century.
  • Grisaille is a painting technique in which a painting is rendered solely in tones of gray, sepia, or dark green.
  • In the last quarter of the 18th century, Professor Jacob Seydelmann of Dresden developed a process to extract and produce a more concentrated form of sepia for use in watercolors and oil paints.
  • Sepia tones are used in photography; the hue resembles the effect of aging in old photographs, and of older photographs chemically treated either for visual effect or for archival purposes. Most photo graphics software programs and many digital cameras include a sepia tone option.

See also


  1. Color Conversion Tool set to hex code #704214 (Sepia):
  2. The color displayed in the color box above matches the color called sepia in the 1930 book by Maerz and Paul A Dictionary of Color New York:1930 McGraw-Hill; the color sepia is displayed on page 39, Plate 8, Color Sample A10.
  3. Maerz and Paul A Dictionary of Color New York:1930 McGraw Hill Discussion of the color Sepia, Page 179
  4. Dictionary of Popular Music Terms: