Artists Pigments 1600-1835 By R Harley

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Between the late sixteenth century and early nineteenth centuries the artist's world underwent great and significant change. By the end of this period the transition from medieval to modern colors was well under way. R.D. Harley's book applies itself to a detailed and comprehensive examination of the primary documentary sources of this crucial period, providing an invaluable complement to the work of analytical scientists concerned with the identification of pigments. In the opening three chapters, attention is paid to the various documentary sources examined, from the learned treatise to the tradesman's guide, and in particular to the problem of their reliability. The information derived from these documents forms the basis of the nine subsequent chapters in which individual colours, grouped according to hue, are investigated. In conclusion, the author addresses the development of color manufacture in this period of unprecedented industrial and social change in England. Great care is taken at all times to deal with the interpretation of color names used at different times, and with dates of discovery and commercial availability of new pigments. The Archetype edition of this classic work is a reprint of the second edition with an additional article on new watercolors in the nineteenth century. Illustrated in black and white and color, Artists' Pigments is a commendably thorough, detailed and comprehensive reference book of unique interest and usefulness to conservators, artists and art historians alike. '...truly a mine of information on all aspects of the history, use, and properties of pigments......This volume is just one of many examples of this publisher's contributions to our field, for which we should all be grateful.' Journal of the American Institute of Conservation 41:2 (2002) Contents Literary Sources: Manuscripts and Printed Books, Sixteenth Century to Mid-Seventeenth Century Literary Sources: Printed Books 1650-1835 Sources for the History of the Color Trade Inorganic Blues Organic Blues Greens Inorganic Yellows Organic Yellows Inorganic Reds and Purples Organic Reds Browns, Blacks, Grays Whites Science and Art Appendix I: Abbreviations Appendix II: Books with Named Color Samples Appendix III: Patents for Color-Making in the Early Seventeenth Century Appendix IV: Some New Water Colors in the Nineteenth Century