Up in the morning, and had some red Herrings to our breakfast while my boot-heel was a-mending; by the same token, the boy left the hole as big as it was before.
(Samuel Pepys, diary, 28 Feb. 1660)
He bought a notebook bound in simple but rich brown calf, of the sort that stationers sold to customers who wanted something better than an everyday memorandum book, as a commonplace book of some kind. Its pages were ruled in red at the upper and outer margins.
(Robert Latham, introduction to The Diary of Samuel Pepys: A Selection)
Frustrated by the progressive psychedelic band’s incongruously laddy crowds, the Manchester synth-pop duo performed the rest of their dates against a hot pink projection that read: “END RAPE CULTURE.”
(Laura Snapes, ‘Virginia Wing: Ecstatic Arrow Album Review’, Pitchfork, 19 June 2019)
C’est le petit matin, nous nous apprêtons à partir, M’ma et moi, elle tient à la main un petit sac de couleur rouge, elle nous fixe de loin, je vois ses lèvres et ses immense prunelles noires qui semblent vouloir nous demander quelque chose.
(Kamel Daoud, Meursault, contre-enquête, 2)
The title is worked in snow-white letters along the circumference of the fanlight and the centre of the circle is concerned with the delicate image of a red swan, pleasingly conceived and carried out by a casting process in Birmingham delf.
(Flann O’Brien, At Two-Swim-Birds, 1)
La Rochefoucauld apparently paid to have them published, the cover adorned by a red chalk sketch of three mounted trumpeters taken from Puvis de Chavanne’s Bellum, an idea that could have been either Satie’s or Péladan’s, for they were both admirers of the painter from Lyon.
(Tobias Churton, Occult Paris, 12)