Colour Ranges

Apr 16th, 2011 | | Colour Ranges | 4 Comments

Werner’s Nomenclature of Colours

Inspiration for another paint range by Papers and Paints

Colour charts for use in taxonomic descriptions of plants and animals were published from the last years of the seventeenth century.

The page above is one of thirteen in a wonderful little volume, whose second edition appeared in 1821 – Patrick Syme’s revision of Werner’s Nomenclature of Colours. A copy of this work was carried by the naturalist Charles Darwin on his voyage in the Beagle. In January 1833, he recorded his first sighting in a small field notebook:

“many glaciers beryl blue most beautiful contrasted with snow”

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).

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A Thousand Shades of Blue « The Beagle Project » 27. Mar, 2012

[...] Baty from the UK has an excellent post on Werner’s Nomenclature of Colours. I highly recommend checking it out. The image below is an example from Syme’s book, via [...]

Alison Turnbull | maiandros » 05. May, 2012

[...] of many of the artist’s works on paper, recent paintings and a new site-specific work, based on Werner’s Nomenclature of Colours and Minerals from the National Museums Scotland. There has been a long productive tension in Turnbull’s [...]

John CramptonNo Gravatar » 23. Nov, 2015

I write and photograph on many subjects including listed buildings such as Eton College, the 1992 fire at Windsor Castle, the Lovell Telescope and more.
My question – is there such thing as a pointing pen device/mouse software that I can use on a photograph or logo to give me the Pantone colour number that I can then use to make hard copy prints – perhaps even on my business cards. So is there an Eton blue or Windsor fire orange of Google ‘g’ ?

PatrickNo Gravatar » 23. Nov, 2015

I believe that there are several ‘Colour Pickers’ on the Internet. I don’t know whether Pantone produce one. Pantone is a rather crude way of ‘matching’ colours, but it’s often the nearest that one can get on a monitor.