Colour Ranges

Dec 16th, 2011 | | Colour Ranges | 2 Comments

Ridgway Color Standards and Color Nomenclature

Ridgway Frontispiece

Robert Ridgway was an American ornithologist, who was the first full-time curator of birds at the United States National Museum. He served from 1880 until his death in 1929. Ridgway also published one of the first and most important colour systems for bird identification, with his 1886 book A Nomenclature of Colors for Naturalists. In 1912 he self-published a larger work on colour nomenclature – Color Standards and Color Nomenclature and it is this work that is featured here.

The purpose of the work was the standardisation of colours and colour nomenclature, so that naturalists, or others, who “might have occasion to write or speak of colours might do so with the certainty that there need be no question as to what particular tint, shade or degree of greyness was meant.”

The rest of this essay has been removed after six years. You can now read more about this in The Anatomy of Colour, published by Thames & Hudson and available from John Sandoe (Books).

Papers and Paints can be found here:

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Comments (2)

rayees ahmadNo Gravatar » 02. Nov, 2013

Is their any option for downloading the all colour plates. Kindly help in the matter

PatrickNo Gravatar » 02. Nov, 2013

I’m afraid not. The book is too tightly bound to scan all the pages.