Category : History

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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White Lead
Aug 1st, 2012 | | History | 5 Comments

White Lead

White lead, or lead carbonate,1 is the pigment that formed the basis of most oil paints used in the decoration of houses until comparatively recently. When combined with linseed oil it forms a lead soap2 which...

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Sherlock-holmes-and-magnifying-glass - Credit Nisheeth
Apr 7th, 2012 | | History | Paint Technical | Portfolio | Private Houses | Residences | 3 Comments

The Paint Detective

It was having given my recent talk at the Charleston Art & Antique Forum, in South Carolina, that I was prompted to illustrate here just how effective properly-executed paint analysis can be. What follows is a...

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The Charlton Works
Apr 7th, 2012 | | History | Paint Technical | 3 Comments

Orr’s Zinc White

John Bryson Orr (1840-1933) Inventor of Orr's Zinc White John Bryson Orr had devoted himself to the search for a satisfactory white pigment and a sound practical method of producing it commercially. Nearing...

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The Bathroom
Feb 18th, 2012 | | Aesthetics | History | 1 Comment

The 1930s House (2)

This is the second part of a look at the changing tastes of the 1930s. Part One can be seen here. In this we learnt that the images came from a work published in 1935 by a large paint company, Pinchin Johnson &...

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The Living Room
Feb 18th, 2012 | | Aesthetics | History | 1 Comment

The 1930s House (1)

The Hall These images come from a work published in 1935 by a large paint company, Pinchin, Johnson & Co. It was entitled: New Rooms for Old. Some helpful designs and details for transforming the ordinary interior...

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The Painting of Buildings - 1946
Jan 10th, 2012 | | History | Paint Technical | No Comments

The Painting of Buildings – HMSO 1946 (1)

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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Traditional British Colours
Jan 3rd, 2012 | | Colour Ranges | History | 2 Comments

Traditional British Colours – Coronation of King George VI

"A moth-eaten rag on a worm-eaten pole, it does not look likely to stir a man's soul, 'Tis the deeds that were done 'neath the moth-eaten rag, When the pole was a staff and the rag was a flag."1 This book on...

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Georgian Group - Fitzroy Square
Dec 29th, 2011 | | Aesthetics | History | 35 Comments

Painting of Georgian Buildings

In 1950 the Georgian Group issued the above sheet offering advice to householders on the external painting of Georgian buildings. The suggestion was that, in spite of continued post-war shortages, there would be a...

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