Thursday, July 19, 2012

Artist Quality Pigments & Artists' Colourmen

I've got two favourite places for the display of pigments.  One of them is L. Cornelissen & Son's in Great Russell Street in London. They have been around for a very long time and describe themselves by the traditional term of Artists' Colourmen

Below are images of the pigments on display in their shop at 105 Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3RY which I visited today. Aren't they wonderful?

Underneath each image is a description of what you can see in summary linked to the Cornelissen website where you can see more details of what's in the jars

L. Cornelissen & Son - Artist Quality Pigments
Yellow Pigments
Red pigments
L. Cornelissen & Son - Artist Quality Pigments
Red pigments
Violet pigments
L. Cornelissen & Son - Artist Quality Pigments
Blue pigments
Black pigments
L. Cornelissen & Son - Artist Quality Pigments
Green pigments
White pigments
L. Cornelissen & Son - Artist Quality Pigments
Earth pigments
I've also included other basic art materials stocked by Cornelissen and used in painting

L. Cornelissen & Son
Waxes, Adhesives and Sizes
L. Cornelissen & Son
Adhesives and Sizes
Chalks Fillers and Abrasives (Marble Dust & Pumice powder)
Cornelissen also stock Early Colour Pigments.

This is more about Cornelissens and how to visit and order from them.

Artists' Colourmen
Records suggest that colourmen have been in evidence in London since at least 1725.
Winsor & Newton
Below are some links to websites which describe and record Artists' Colourmen.  The most important is the database maintained by the National Portrait Gallery in London which maintains a biographical directory of British and foreign firms of artists’ suppliers and colourmen operating in Britain and British firms operating overseas.
Links:
  • Colour - Resources for Artists - What is colour? Do you know or do you want to learn more about colour and its use as an artist? This site provides links to information and advice about colour and how to understand and analyse it - and then use it as an artist.

5 comments:

vivien said...

my favourite art shop in London :>)

and those lovely drawers with gold lettering nearby - just gorgeous

Chloe said...

Oh I adore Cornelissen, could spend hours there!

dougm said...

Thank you, Katherine. My favorite store. Unfortunately I can't get there very often (or perhaps that's fortunate). I want a wall of colors like they have!

Unknown said...

"I've also included other basic art materials stoked by Cornelissen and used in painting"
'stoked' => stocked

"Records suggest that colourmen have been in evidence in London since at
least 1725"
On my PC, running WinPX and Firefox, the date displays as "7381". Odd.

Katherine Tyrrell said...

Thanks - corrected

Weird!

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