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The Anatomy of Colour with Patrick Baty

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Join Carole Annett in conversation with author and colour expert Patrick Baty about his book ‘The Anatomy of Colour’

The definitive book on the use of colour and paint in interior decoration over a three-hundred-year period, The Anatomy of Colour is certain to delight all those with an interest in interior decoration and design.

Drawing on his huge specialist archive, Patrick Baty traces the evolution of pigments and paint colours together with colour systems and standards and examines their impact on the colour palettes used in interiors from the 1660s to the 1960s. Throughout the book reproductions of interiors highlighting the distinctive colour trends and styles of painting particular to each period and room accompany the in-depth analysis of the history of colour and the development and use of paint colours in interior design.


Patrick and Carole will be discussing topics from the book such as: 18th century paint colours - how do we know what was used; The influence of that little volume of colours - Werner's Nomenclature of Colours; The importance of the Archrome range of paint colours, originally produced for use in primary schools of the early 1950's; The importance of Thomas Parsons' 'A Tint Book of Historical Colours and was ironwork always painted black?


An insight into Patrick’s formidable historical knowledge of paint and colour and a chance to ask the author questions.


Interior designers at all stages of their career, and anyone with an interest in historical paints and interiors.


Patrick Baty

Patrick’s father, Robert, set up Papers and Paints, a specialist paint business in Chelsea, in 1960 and quickly developed a reputation for his work with colour.  Patrick initially pursued a career in the Army, but in 1981 joined the business, which he has run with his wife for 40 years. Since carrying out a research degree which focussed on ‘The Methods and Materials of the House-painter 1650-1850’ he has been running a consultancy that advises on the use of paint and colours in historic buildings.  Buildings have ranged in size and type from Royal palaces; country houses and cathedrals to museums; a wartime RAF station and London housing estates.

For over twenty years Patrick was a Trustee of the Georgian Group.  He is also a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London; a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland; of the Royal Society of Arts and an Honorary Fellow of the BIID.  Patrick is a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Painter-Stainers and a Brother of the Art Workers’ Guild.  In 2007 his company was granted a Royal Warrant of Appointment to Her Majesty the Queen for his work with colour. Patrick is a widely published author featuring in many magazines and journals, has appeared on television and regularly lectures in the UK and overseas.

Carole Annett

Carole Annett, Interiors Editor at Country & Town House magazine, likes nothing better than snooping around houses and hotels, meeting people who put their heart and soul into design. She also hosts The House Guest podcast, chatting with guests such as Kit Kemp, Pandora Sykes, Nina Campbell and Martin Lawrence Bullard.

Welcome to the BIID Book Club

The BIID Book Club is a new series of evening lectures introducing interior designers to interesting and relevant subject matter through presentations and in-conversations from industry expert authors. Join us for a peek inside the creativity, creation, curation, and content of exciting titles from the world of interior design.  Got a suggestion for a book? Let us know!

Additional Information

‘The Anatomy of Colour’ can be purchased at John Sandoe, in Chelsea, London. They will ship all around the world or books can be collected.

Advertised price does not include VAT

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