"The Paint Detective" comes to Wisbech!

Tingry Frontispiece 1830
Supplied by Patrick Baty

Historian and Colour and Paint Expert, Patrick Baty will be offering two free talks on the afternoon of Saturday 7th September 2019, from 1pm in the library of the Wisbech and Fenland Museum

Throughout 2019 and 2020 the project will organise a series of talks and workshops to help residents learn more about historic buildings and in particular about their interiors.

On Saturday 7th September, Patrick Baty will be delivering two FREE talks in the historic library of the Wisbech and Fenland Museum. The talks are free and there will be a break for refreshments in between as well as an opportunity to ask Patrick any questions you might have. The talks are as follows:

Colour & Paint in the Smaller 18th Century Town House

Patrick will provide a brief description of what paint is; why it was used and when house-painting started in the UK.  He will explain how paint was coloured, which pigments were employed and where they came from.  During the 18th century ready-mixed paint colours were sold by the colourmen and he will show how they were able to increase their output and lower their prices.

The colours that they were offering in the 1740s will be outlined and the price charged for each indicated.  The hierarchical nature of the colours on offer will be explained.

He will then outline the conventions behind the application of paint and show examples of correct usage in recently restored 18th century houses.

The Paint Detective

Patrick will explain why several people have referred to him as ‘The Paint Detective’.  “The range and type of projects that I am faced with will be outlined together with a brief explanation of the process adopted.  An account will be given of a house, with discreet Royal connections, where I could prove that a pair of doors had come from a long-demolished building, hundreds of miles away.  I will also provide an update on work at Stowe, a project that has been running for over a decade.”


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