from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A mixture of plaster and freestone, ground together and sifted, used by sculptors to fill the small holes and repair the defects of the stones used by them.
- n. A mixture of sawdust and glue, or of whiting and glue, used by joiners to fill up defects in their work.
- n. A preparation or wash for coloring houses, or for giving plaster the appearance of stone, consisting of powdered stone, sawdust, slaked lime, alum, and other ingredients.
At Vif, the badigeon –or whitewash – was pasted directly over the paintings, covering them but also preserving them.
All was decadence, and they deplored vandalism, and thundered against badigeon.
The word 'badigeon' comes from a French word of the same meaning.