A question of scale & terminology, extrapolating from past practices in commercial manufacture to current laboratory experience: the Winsor & Newton 19th Century Artists' Materials Archive Database

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The Winsor & Newton Archive Database is a unique primary resource, now available in a Researchers' Edition. It comprises a computer-based indexing system with digitalized page-images of 85 handwritten books (15,003 pages) detailing manufacturing practices and recipes for 19th century artists' materials. This paper discusses how the database has been utilized for the study of pigment manufacture and oil binder preparation both demonstrating its great potential and identifying some limitations. Two different but complementary approaches to research are described, one focused on reconstructing recipes for chrome yellow pigments and the other on an analysis of recipes for linseed, poppy and walnut oil preparation. In both cases, industrial scale practices and historical materials must be interpreted within the context of small laboratory trials.
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Title of host publicationICOM-CC 16th Triennial Conference Preprints
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2011
EventICOM-CC 16th Triennial Conference -
Duration: 1 Jan 2011 → …


ConferenceICOM-CC 16th Triennial Conference
Period1/01/11 → …

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