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Nature's Palette


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Introduction The Origination, Purpose and Development of Werner's Nomenclature of Colours by Patrick Baty * i. Whites, Greys and Blacks * 1. Werner's Mineralogical System and how his Nomenclature of Colours Became Syme's Colour Standard by Peter Davidson * ii. Blues and Purples * 2. Colours in Zoology: Subjective or Systematic? by Elaine Charwat * iii. Greens * 3. Syme's Colour Chart in Botany: Origin and Impact by Giulia Simonini * iv. Yellows and Oranges * 4. One for All? Werner's Nomenclature of Colours as a General Standard of Colour and its Particular Use in Medicine by Andre Karliczek * v. Reds and Browns

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The first-ever visual expansion of Werner's Nomenclature of Colours, featuring over 800 illustration references from the natural world

About the Author

Patrick Baty is the author of The Anatomy of Colour and owner of Papers and Paints, a specialist paint business in London. His great grandfather, the artist Robert Bevan, was described by a former director of the National Gallery as being 'perhaps the first Englishman to use pure colour in the 20th century'. He runs a consultancy that advises on the use of paint and colours in historic buildings and has worked with Dulux and Little Greene to develop ranges of traditional paint colours for English Heritage. He also lectures frequently on the subject of paint and colour of the 18th and 19th centuries.


'Patrick Baty shares the beauty of our world through a rich and diverse palette' - .Cent
'This new version of Syme's book provides new examples for each hue the artist described but it also lays bare how endless is the project of classifying colour' - The Age
'Fascinating, lavishly illustrated ... the essays by four leading experts are both informative and accessible ... a very enjoyable read' - House & Garden
'Utterly beguiling' - Apollo
'Like a beautiful antique cabinet of curiosities ... a delight to delve into ... An evocative exploration of all the shades of the natural world' - The Simple Things
'This is a beautiful book, a fascinating object in itself' - Amateur Photographer

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