The Anatomy of Colour
The Anatomy of Colour
Patrick Baty

The Anatomy of Colour



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Covering three centuries, The Anatomy of Colour chronicles its speedy evolution. From examining traditional paints and pigments to documenting the emergence of colour systems and standards, Baty reflects upon its technical discovery and assesses the diverse influences involved in the process. The facts are remarkably interesting, the illustrations sumptuous.


Patrick Baty is a historian of architectural paint and colour, who lectures on 18th and 19th century interiors and advises English Heritage as well as major commercial paint companies on pigment. Exhaustively researched and erudite, this volume is utterly compelling for anyone who has ever pored over paint samples or gazed enrapt at an interior.

  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 352
  • Illustrations: Full colour throughout, over 1,500 illustrations
  • ISBN:- 10: 0500519331
  • ISBN:- 13: 9780500519332