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John Walker & Co

The Farringdon colour box.

London : John Walker & Co., [1880?]
Physical Description:
1 watercolor box : wood ; 11.0 x 23.0 mm x 3 cm
Rare Books and Manuscripts
Watercolor Box 3
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund
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Three-Dimensional Artifacts
The firm of John Walker & Co., Farringdon House, Warwick Lane, London, was active primarily as a stationer and publisher of maps and atlases.
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Wood watercolor box, manufactured by John Walker & Co., London, ca. 1880. The box is intact, with original brass hinges and clasps. The underside of the lid and a portion of the inner tray bear the original printed labels. The latter includes a title: "The Farringdon Colour Box, J.W. & Co., London." The label beneath the top lid reads: "Superior water colours for the use of students and schools arranged as approved by the Society of Arts. J.W. & Co., London."
The box includes a single compartment, divided into slots for brushes, two disc-shaped ceramic mixing dishes, and 12 watercolor cakes. The 12 pigments are named on the upper label: Indigo, Vermillion, Ultramarine, Prussian Blue, Bice Green, Gamboge, Sepia, Burnt Sienna, Crimson Lake, Vandyke Brown, Yellow Ochre, Light Red. In the present specimen, three watercolor cakes (Gamboge, Vermillion, and Yellow Ochre) are missing, possibly lost rather than used. The cakes appear minimally used.
The bottom of the box is inscribed in black ink: “English knowledge prize awarded to Master Buchanan Campbell, Geo. Bryan, Fernlea, Moffat, 29th June 1880.”
Subject Terms:
Artists' materials -- Great Britain -- 19th century.
Bryan, George -- Presentation inscription to Master Buchanan Campbell.
Buchanan Campbell -- Presentation inscription from George Bryan.
John Walker & Co.
Society of Arts (Great Britain)
Watercolor painting -- 19th century -- Great Britain.
Watercolor (paint)
Paint boxes.
Watercolor brushes.

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