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Nov 16th, 2010 | | Museums | Recent projects | 3 Comments

Handel House Museum, London

Patrick Baty carried out an analysis of the paint in the house once occupied by George Frideric Handel in London

My paint analysis of the house once occupied by George Frideric Handel proved one of the more complex that I have undertaken.  During its many years as an antique shop the interior had been altered substantially and very little original fabric survived.  I was able to identify three elements of the house that would have been known to Handel and from these managed to put together a rationale for its redecoration.

Patrick Baty carried out an analysis of the paint in the house once occupied by George Frideric Handel in London

George Frideric Handel by Thomas Hudson (1749)


The scheme, which initially met with some resistance, was one of the first exemplars of early eighteenth century decoration.  While working on this project I also tackled the next-door house, part of which had been occupied by Jimi Hendrix in the 1960s.

The paint colours were specially mixed by Papers and Paints. The grey colour seen in the top image is known as PP6/3/08LKB and can be obtained from Papers and Paints.

Patrick Baty carried out an analysis of the paint in the house once occupied by George Frideric Handel in London
Jimi Hendrix kitchen. (Now believed to be taken in his Montagu Square apartment.)
I carried out the paint analysis of his attic flat and the house below


Patrick Baty carried out an analysis of the paint in the house once occupied by George Frideric Handel in London
Cross section of paint on the panelling in the attic of 25 Brook Street – Handel’s House


See a short slideshow of images from before and after the analysis of the paint.

See a guest blog written by Lucy Inglis.

The jumble of panelling that Patrick Baty was faced with when starting the analysis of the Handel House
The jumble of panelling that I was faced with when I began the analysis.


A short film clip on the next door Hendrix House can be seen here.

A podcast on Jimi Hendrix from the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography can be found here:

Jimi Hendrix – Oxford Dictionary of National Biography





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[Interview] Patrick Baty: Paint Detective - PreservationNation » 19. Sep, 2012

[...] one is going to show a house as it was when Benjamin Franklin or Handel, the composer, for example, lived in it, there is a requirement to show how it was decorated at [...]

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JCNo Gravatar » 25. Dec, 2013

Hi,

A quick note about the photo of Hendrix in the kitchen which you claim as being Brook Street. I believe you’ll find this was actually taken in his Montagu Square apartment.

There is a Beatles blog where the author has undertaken some quite in-depth interior analysis of the latter apartment as John Lennon once lived there. Have a look and you’ll see photographs of Hendrix in the Montagu Square apartment – including the kitchen shot with a modern day comparison;

http://kenwoodlennon.blogspot.com/2011/11/montagu-square-34-by-night.html

JC

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PatrickNo Gravatar » 25. Dec, 2013

Thanks John. Very helpful. I’ll amend accordingly.