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Charles Roberson & Co

Chalk drawing box.

London : Charles Roberson & Co., 99 Long Acre, ca. [1880?]
Physical Description:
1 box ; 11 x 21 x 5
Rare Books and Manuscripts
NC867.C43 C4 Flat
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Charles Roberson & Co., and related firms, were major British artists' suppliers of the 19th and early 20th centuries. The firm operated as Charles Robertson & Co. at 99 Long Acre from 1853 until 1907, at which time it became C. Roberson & Co Ltd. See: National Portrait Gallery, British artists' suppliers, 1650-1950.
The Department of Science and Art was established by the British government in 1853 to promote education in art, science, technology and design. The present watercolor box would have been given by the Department as a reward for student achievement.
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Chalk drawing box, manufactured by Charles Roberson & Co., ca. 1880. The box is divided into upper and lower sections. The upper section has six loops for implements, containing: the original port-crayon for holding chalk sticks; two original blurring tools; a metal compass (divider); and two later pencils, by Faber and Conté (Paris). The lower tray is divided into five compartments, containing: two packets of Roberson black chalk ("Black italian chalk" and "Academy crayons"); one packet of Roberson red chalk; one packet of Roberson white chalk; and a piece of wooden cork (for erasing?).
The under-side of the box lid bears Roberson's original label, printed in gold on white paper. The label is headed: "Prize awarded by the Department of Science and Art." There follows concise "Directions for chalk drawing," and the name and address of the manufacturer. The packets of chalk also bear the name of Roberson & Co., at 99 Long Acre.
Subject Terms:
Artists' materials -- Great Britain -- 19th century.
Chalk drawing.
Charles Roberson & Co.
Great Britain. Department of Science and Art.

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