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BS Bronze Greens
Jan 9th, 2016 | | Aesthetics | History | 5 Comments

Bronze Green

Geffrye Museum - Bronze Green door and Lead Colour balustrade The biggest problem with the naming of colour is the inevitable one of interpretation. Few more so than ‘Bronze Green’, which to some will conjure up...

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Chelsea logo from the 1960s
Aug 4th, 2014 | | Colour Services | No Comments

Chelsea Football Club

The Chelsea Football Club badge (1953-1986)1 One of the joys of working with colour is that it encompasses all aspects of life. Several of my projects take me into areas that I have little experience of and the...

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Pink Panther 1
Aug 4th, 2014 | | Colour Services | 4 Comments

The Pink Panther

Pink Panther During the Second World War the paints employed for the camouflage of British armoured fighting vehicles and vehicles were supplied ready-mixed. They matched two British Standards colour ranges: BS381C...

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Patrick Baty
Sep 19th, 2013 | | Profiles | No Comments

Portrait Photographs

This is a slightly odd post, but I was asked by my publisher to provide them with a recent portrait photograph. Having scraped by with engagement and studio photographs from 1980 for more years than was decent I...

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Robert Elms - BBC Radio London
Aug 23rd, 2013 | | Profiles | No Comments

An Interview with Robert Elms on BBC Radio London

An interview with Robert Elms on BBC Radio London on January 15th 2013 can be heard...

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Painters Stainers Arms
Jul 10th, 2013 | | History | No Comments

The Painter-Stainers Company and the House-Painter

A saddle from the Yi ethnic minority province in Yunnan province, China. Saddle has a leather base with lacquer overlay. Saddle bow to left hand side The earliest surviving ordinances of the Painters' Company date...

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Tingry Frontispiece 1830
Jul 9th, 2013 | | History | 6 Comments

The House-Painter (Part One)

City of London - The Great Twelve Livery Companies Little has been written about the house-painting trade from an historical perspective. Whilst only an initial survey, this essay sets out to look at the way the...

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1930s Flat finishes
Apr 30th, 2013 | | Aesthetics | History | 2 Comments

1930s Paint Colours – An Introduction

Edwardian Interior ca.1907 by Harold Gilman (1876-1919) - Tate Sensory overload caused by clutter and the brightly coloured and strongly patterned wallpapers beloved by the previous generation was sometimes given as...

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Stowe Repairs
Apr 12th, 2013 | | Paint Technical | 15 Comments

Lime Plaster and Subsequent Decoration

Dublin Plasterwork - with thanks to Richard Ireland The re-appearance of lime as a building product during the last twenty or so years has clearly brought many advantages especially in the restoration of historical...

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Entrance Hall - Roehampton House
Jan 6th, 2013 | | Aesthetics | History | No Comments

Stone Colour

Entrance Hall - Roehampton House A recent project reminded me of an important point that one is frequently faced with when examining eighteenth century houses. It is something that often causes surprise especially...

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