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The Anatomy of Colour
The Story of Heritage Paints and Pigments
The Anatomy of Colour is the definitive book on the use of colour and paint in interior decoration over a 300-year period. Drawing on his huge specialist archive, historian and paint expert Patrick Baty traces the evolution of pigments and paint colours together with colour systems and standards, and examines their impact on the colour palettes used in interiors from 1650 to 1960. He first charts the creation in paint of the common and expensive colours made from traditional earth pigments between 1650 to 1799. Next he examines the emergence of colour systems and standards and their influence on paint colours together with the effect of industrialized production on the texture and durability of paints. Alongside the authoritative and revealing text are specially commissioned photographs of pages from rare colour books. Throughout the book reproductions of interiors from home decor books, highlighting the distinctive colour trends and styles of painting particular to each period, accompany the in-depth analysis of the history of colour and the development and use of paint colours in interior design.
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'Astonishing' - Kensington, Chelsea & Westminster Today 'A mighty volume' - Country Life 'Inspirational ... lavishly illustrated with stunning photographs' - History Today 'A wealth of colour lore' - World of Interiors 'Absorbing and detailed ... will change the way you see the world' - RIBA Journal 'Dazzling' - This England 'The work of a lifetime ... a sumptuous 350-page encyclopaedia' - Observer 'Dazzling' - Daily Telegraph 'A beautifully illustrated compendium' - City AM 'Fascinating' - Evening Standard 'This intricately researched, sumptuously colourful book is not just pretty, it is a bible of paints and paintwork through the ages - a must for any vibrantly inclined homeowner today' - House & Garden 'An insightful, passionate, technicolour history lesson' - The English Home 'Patrick Baty is the most influential of our paint experts, whose breadth and depth of knowledge is unrivalled' - Homes & Gardens