Patrick Baty will talk on "The 18th Century Town House; Availability and Economics of Colour and Paint"
Icon Paintings Group
To: Tuesday 06.02.18
The Robing Room at Freemasons' Hall, 60 Great Queen Street, London, WC2B
The talk will cover the different types of paint and principal pigments used by the 18th century housepainter, the skills and conventions behind the application of paint, showing examples of correct usage in recently restored 18th century houses. The role of the colourman will be discussed, especially how he was able to increase his output and lower his prices. An outline of ready-mixed colours that were on offer, as paste, in the 1740s and the price charged for each will be indicated emphasising the hierarchical nature of the colours on offer with examples of the most expensive and cheapest schemes.
Patrick is interested in the decoration of historic buildings. His work covers research, paint analysis, colour & technical advice and colour surveys. Projects have ranged from King Henry VIII’s heraldic Beasts; Baroque churches; country houses; wartime RAF stations and London social housing estates to structures such as Tower Bridge and Holborn Viaduct. He also works in the USA. Thames & Hudson have recently published Patrick’s first book ‘The Anatomy of Colour’.