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  • His studio, with its rag heaps, plastered walls and pearl-grey light, appears in most of his pictures, but few people know its address.

    Man with a Blue Scarf: On Sitting for a Portrait by Lucian Freud, by Martin Gayford

  • I'd been thrilled by how damn cute he was, white with dark pearl-grey ears, muzzle and feet, and so small, only slightly bigger than a guinea pig.

    Puff

  • Chapter Eight Cadfael awoke to the pearl-grey light of earliest dawn, the immense sweep of open sky above him, still sprinkled at the zenith with paling stars, and the instant recollection of his present situation.

    His Disposition

  • It was not dawn now, but the sun was not long up, and the light, pearl-grey clouds which drifted over the waters had not yet been dispelled.

    The Conquering Sword of Conan

  • Was she trying to conjure somebody from the shades of that space where the colouring was all pearl-grey and silver?

    Indian Summer of a Forsyte

  • Irene sat down at the piano under the electric lamp festooned with pearl-grey, and old Jolyon, in an armchair, whence he could see her, crossed his legs and drew slowly at his cigar.

    Indian Summer of a Forsyte

  • Obliged by Annette to have one — a Rollhard with pearl-grey cushions, electric light, little mirrors, trays for the ashes of cigarettes, flower vases — all smelling of petrol and stephanotis — he regarded it much as he used to regard his brother-inlaw, Montague Dartie.

    To Let

  • The second lady was wearing a high-necked dress of pearl-grey, and a light silk kerchief was wound round her supple neck.

    A Hero of Our Time

  • Things at their heads stood matt against the pearl-grey horizon, and at their feet melted softly into the ground.

    Seven Pillars of Wisdom

  • Buttoned up in a pearl-grey frockcoat which emphasised the tallness of his figure, slender, his white gloves stitched in black, he carried a grey tall hat of a specially wide shape which Delion had ceased now to make except for him, the

    The Guermantes Way

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