Architectural Colour in British Interiors, 1615-1840

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For many years, historical architectural colour has been an elusive topic, since paint fades and discolours, and most early schemes have been obliterated by succeeding phases of redecoration. In parallel with this, the taste of later generations has also overlaid earlier ideas of colour with a mass of subjective opinion and received wisdom. To remedy matters, this objective study combines information from documentary sources with data obtained from the technical investigation of significant interiors by important...
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Overview

For many years, historical architectural colour has been an elusive topic, since paint fades and discolours, and most early schemes have been obliterated by succeeding phases of redecoration. In parallel with this, the taste of later generations has also overlaid earlier ideas of colour with a mass of subjective opinion and received wisdom. To remedy matters, this objective study combines information from documentary sources with data obtained from the technical investigation of significant interiors by important architects of the period, and presents for the first time a coherent outline of true historical practice. It is an essential complement to more conventional architectural studies of form and space. In a series of chapters, the noble interiors of Inigo Jones are contrasted with more intimate spaces of the period; and the succeeding drabness adopted in many rooms of the second half of the seventeenth century is set against its taste for marbling, graining, and imitation japan. It is shown how the new foundation established by the Palladians came to provide the basis for the lively use of colour by Robert Adam and his contemporaries; and the study concludes by showing how the development of colour theory in the early nineteenth century superseded eighteenth-century ideas and, combined with the Regency taste for the exotic, led to an entirely new outlook, much of which still forms present-day preconceptions.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Preface and review of historical sources
1 Introduction: the age of Inigo Jones 1
2 The age of Wren 22
3 The Palladians from 1715 to the mid-1750s 52
4 The coloured neo-classical ceilings of Robert Adam and his contemporaries 78
5 Paint colour on walls in neo-classical interiors 124
6 The late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries: archaeological and exotic influences 157
7 New perceptions of colour: its usage at the end of the period 188
Notes to text 221
Notes to illustrations 237
Sources: 1 Bibliography 241
Sources: 2 Manuscript and other unpublished sources 249
Sources: 3 Collections of architectural drawings 253
Sources: 4 Pictures and watercolours 253
Sources: 5 Other objects, trade cards, &c. 254
Index 255
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