Historic Paintwork

This session will be divided into two talks. Patrick’s first lecture, Paint in a Nutshell, will consider the origins of house-painting; the constituents of early paint; the pigments used by the house-painter between 1750-1850; oil paint and distemper. His second lecture, The Paint Detective will look at how we can learn about the history of a building (both structurally and decoratively) by looking at the paint layers. Patrick will explain the process with illustrated examples, including from his work on the Prince Regent’s bedchamber at Carlton House, and recent involvement at Stowe.

Patrick is an expert on the paint and colours of the last four centuries, who works with homeowners, estates, museums, public bodies and institutions, to reinstate interiors of the past, or to create a scheme sympathetic with the aims of a space and its current and future use. Patrick’s book, entitled 'The Anatomy of Colour', published by Thames & Hudson in May 2017.

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