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Nov 5th, 2011 | | Colour Ranges | Colour Services | 5 Comments

The Wilson Colour Chart

The Wilson Colour Chart Cover

In 1938 the British Colour Council issued (in collaboration with the Royal Horticultural Society) the first volume of a Horticultural Colour Chart, also called The Wilson Colour Chart after Robert F. Wilson, the director of the Council at that time. It consists of 100 loose plates of printed colour samples punched and bound with removable clasps. Each page lists six foreign synonyms of the colour name and the equivalents in four other colour systems:

1) BCC Dictionary;1
2) Color Standards and Color Nomenclature;
3) Réptertoire des couleurs, published by the Société française des chrysanthémistes, in 1905.;
4) Ostwald Colour System.

A special notation for the colour is provided which indicates the Full Hue, the Tint and the Shade. Admittedly this is a very complex system and appears to have been disregarded by many users of the chart who tended to follow the advice given:

The rest of this essay has been removed after five 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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mariselaNo Gravatar » 25. Jan, 2012

hola utilice vuestra carta de colores pero no se interpretar que significa por ejemplo yellow group 7d que es grupo 7 ? y la d?por favor espero respuesta por mi correo

PatrickNo Gravatar » 25. Jan, 2012

There is no significance to the number 7 (for example) – it is just a means of indicating which page of the colour fan and which colour on that page is being referred to.

James GreenNo Gravatar » 04. Apr, 2014

Hello Patrick, I have found a The Wilson Colour Chart 1 in the attic. I have being doing some research about the book and discovered your web-site.I have found it very interesting. Thank you.
Kind Regards James.

PatrickNo Gravatar » 04. Apr, 2014

I’m glad that you found it useful.

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