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F is for George Field the Color-Man: A to Z Challenge 2014

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Colour Chart from George Field's Chromatography(1841) via Cottonwood on Flickr.
Colour Chart from George Field’s Chromatography(1841) via Cottonwood on Flickr.


One of my favorite classes in Library School was Preservation of Materials, and I wrote a proposal for a program to encourage artists to use archival art supplies.  I wasn’t making art at that time, but the subject seized my imagination.

George Field(1777-1854),  was a British color-maker who manufactured pigments, and who wanted the colors to stay fast.  He kept copious notes on his experiments with the chemistry of dyes and pigments, which were acquired by Winsor & Newton after his death. when I finally took a watercolor class to explore my pull toward art, I bought tubes of Winsor & Newton.

One the articles that introduced me to Field appealed to my former librarian self by including a proper format for citation:


Shires, Linda M. “On Color Theory, 1835: George Field’s Chromatography.” BRANCH: Britain, Representation and Nineteenth-Century History. Ed. Dino Franco Felluga. Extension of Romanticism and Victorianism on the Net. Web. [Accessed April, 7,2014].
On a Color Theory, 1835: George Field’s Chromatography

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