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Albert Munsell, Color Notation 1905

Munsell's color notation was the first to arrange the color perception components—hue, value, and chroma—into a three-dimensional arrangement. There are 10 hues in Munsell's notation: R, YR, Y, GY, G, BG, B, PB, P, RP. Value ranges from 0 (black) to 10 (white). Chroma ranges from 0 (gray) to 30+. The hue is specified first, followed by value/chroma; e.g., 5R 3/4 is a red of value 3, chroma 4. There is a reasonable introduction to Munsell in the Wikipedia. Data for conversion from Munsell to CIE xyY can be found here. An online tool for exploring Munsell (unfortunately, Windows only) can be found here.

Munsell to sRGB conversion tables, maximum chroma

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hue/
value
5R10R5YR10YR5Y10Y5GY10GY5G10G5BG10BG5B10B5PB10PB5P10P5RP10RP
9
248 223 233
250 223 229
252 223 220
249 225 211
250 227 178
248 234 32
214 243 55
145 254 129
138 251 204
121 251 224
106 251 244
181 239 253
216 231 249
222 229 250
228 228 250
234 226 249
237 225 248
242 224 243
245 223 240
247 223 237
8
241 189 195
243 189 184
254 188 152
252 191 111
237 199 63
218 205 57
185 215 25
12 234 28
84 226 174
56 226 196
90 221 217
82 220 237
136 212 245
155 208 253
190 201 239
204 195 254
220 191 245
250 180 238
249 184 213
255 183 200
7
244 149 153
244 151 129
246 153 85
235 160 4 
210 172 29
190 179 14
161 186 48
21 203 35
51 198 149
78 194 172
60 194 190
52 192 210
73 188 228
67 185 254
142 176 241
176 164 254
211 151 252
250 134 232
246 143 189
254 142 167
6
252 95 104
249 103 53
224 123 29
201 136 26
178 146 42
161 152 37
133 160 7 
11 173 33
62 166 129
38 167 146
73 163 162
70 161 177
25 161 202
31 158 223
79 150 244
151 132 251
202 107 252
247 73 226
251 86 170
249 95 136
5
245 1  65
216 75 24
186 101 31
166 112 32
150 119 9 
133 125 47
110 132 30
4  143 30
19 140 104
56 136 122
45 135 136
39 134 151
53 132 162
45 130 182
46 124 214
130 97 243
194 38 249
216 34 198
231 25 148
231 42 111
4
191 24 55
176 55 22
148 79 31
136 87 3 
119 94 25
106 99 22
87 104 36
42 111 45
34 109 84
10 110 96
52 105 108
51 105 117
7  105 136
47 102 141
38 97 172
125 22 254
157 24 200
169 34 158
179 32 120
189 20 90
3
142 23 46
148 12 0 
118 54 1 
102 64 12
87 70 33
78 73 32
62 78 15
10 84 27
40 80 65
32 80 73
24 80 83
21 79 92
26 78 100
41 75 104
26 72 133
95 15 191
121 7  154
127 23 122
141 0  96
140 22 69
2
100 13 40
99 18 20
84 35 5 
70 44 15
63 47 6 
54 50 7 
43 53 21
11 58 24
21 56 44
13 56 50
3  56 59
35 52 59
2  54 73
19 52 77
20 49 93
69 1  138
84 8  107
90 12 89
91 19 68
96 15 56
1
64 1  29
65 2  16
56 16 1 
42 25 11
37 27 9 
31 29 13
26 30 19
1  35 13
19 31 27
17 31 30
14 31 34
12 31 38
12 31 41
16 30 44
13 28 56
41 6  82
52 5  65
52 10 54
57 6  47
61 4  39

Munsell neutrals as sRGB

Hue, value, and chroma are all equal perceptual spacing!
5Y 8/10 and 5PB 4/20
Each hue goes from 0 to 10, e.g. 2.5RP; value goes from 0 to 10; and chroma goes from 0 to 30+
Munsell sRGB
N10
255 255 255
N9.5
243 243 243
N9
232 232 232
N8
203 203 203
N7
179 179 179
N6
150 150 150
N5
124 124 124
N4
97 97 97
N3
70 70 70
N2
48 48 48
N1
28 28 28
N0
0 0 0

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