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The Anatomy of Colour


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Avant Propos by Josef & Anni Albers * An Introduction to Historical Colour * PART I. Interiors & The Use of Colour 1650-1799: i) The House Painter & the Colourman; ii) Traditional Pigments; iii) Traditional Paints; iv) Traditional Brushes * PART II. Interiors & The Use of Colour 1800-1899: i) Colour Systems & Standards; ii) Industrialization of Paints and Pigments * PART III. The Standardization of Colour 1900-1959: i) Colour Standards 1900-1939; ii) The 1930s Colour Palette; iii) Colour Standards 1938-1959; iv) The 1950s Colour Palette

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A comprehensive and beautifully illustrated history of the paints and colours used over three centuries of interior decoration.

About the Author

Historian of architectural paint and colour Patrick Baty works as a consultant in the decoration of historic buildings and is proprietor of 'Papers and Paints' in London. He has been employed by Dulux and Little Greene to develop ranges of traditional paint colours for English Heritage, and he regularly lectures on the subject of paint and paint colour in 18th- and 19th-century interiors.


'Patrick Baty is the most influential of our paint experts, whose breadth and depth of knowledge is unrivalled' - Homes & Gardens
'An insightful, passionate, technicolour history lesson' - The English Home
'This intricately researched, sumptuously colourful book is not just pretty, it is a bible of paints and paintwork through the ages - a must for any vibrantly inclined homeowner today' - House & Garden
'Fascinating' - Evening Standard
'A beautifully illustrated compendium' - City AM
'Dazzling' - Daily Telegraph
'The work of a lifetime ... a sumptuous 350-page encyclopaedia' - Observer
'Dazzling' - This England
'Absorbing and detailed ... will change the way you see the world' - RIBA Journal
'A wealth of colour lore' - World of Interiors
'Inspirational ... lavishly illustrated with stunning photographs' - History Today
'A mighty volume' - Country Life
'Astonishing' - Kensington, Chelsea & Westminster Today

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