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Oct 20th, 2010 | | National Trust for Scotland | No Comments

Culzean Castle

Patrick Baty carried out an analysis of the paint at Culzean Castle, Ayrshire

Culzean is perhaps the most romantic of the neo-Gothic castles designed and built by Robert Adam.  Built on the cliffs on the Ayrshire coast it has a magnificent grand oval staircase and extensive estate buildings.

Patrick Baty carried out an analysis of the paint at Culzean Castle, Ayrshire

The staircase – top floor


I was able to establish the decorative history of the exteriors of twenty outlying structures ranging from stables to potting sheds to ornamental gates. At the same time I revealed how the staircase had been painted since the 1790s.

Patrick Baty carried out an analysis of the paint at Culzean Castle, Ayrshire
The blue colour seen beneath the existing red-brown was green when first applied. This is an example of what is termed the “Penrice Effect”


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