Category : History

BS Bronze Greens
Jan 9th, 2016 | | Aesthetics | History | 8 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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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 | 10 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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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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An 18th century entrance hall
Dec 4th, 2012 | | Aesthetics | History | No Comments

The Entrance Hall in the 18th Century

An entrance hall of the 1770s In 1715 the Scottish architect, Colen Campbell, launched his campaign for a return to the purity which he believed to have been the quality of the antique. In the preface to the first...

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Bomb Damage
Nov 30th, 2012 | | History | Paint Technical | No Comments

The Painting of Buildings – HMSO 1946 (5)

Towards the end of 1941 the Minister of Works established a series of committees to investigate and report on the problems likely to be faced in post-war building. ‘The Painting of Buildings Committee’ was...

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Clearing up - William Vandivert. Getty Images
Nov 28th, 2012 | | History | Paint Technical | No Comments

The Painting of Buildings – HMSO 1946 (4)

Towards the end of 1941 the Minister of Works established a series of committees to investigate and report on the problems likely to be faced in post-war building. ‘The Painting of Buildings Committee’ was...

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Painting of Buildings 1946 edn
Nov 26th, 2012 | | History | Paint Technical | No Comments

The Painting of Buildings – HMSO 1946 (3)

Part I - The General Nature of Paints Towards the end of 1941 the Minister of Works established a series of committees to investigate and report on the problems likely to be faced in post-war building. ‘The...

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The Painting of Buildings
Nov 24th, 2012 | | History | Paint Technical | No Comments

The Painting of Buildings – HMSO 1946 (2)

Part I - The General Nature of Paints Towards the end of 1941 the Minister of Works established a series of committees to investigate and report on the problems likely to be faced in post-war building. ‘The...

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