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General Theory and Practices.

General Theory books provide us with valuable insight to the historical color wheel as well as guidelines for selecting color to use.

The Painter and Varnisher's Guide; Or, A treatise, both in theory and practice...
P.F. Tingry. 1804. The oldest paint reference guide we've located online.

Field's Chromatography
Chromotography; Or, A Treatise on Colours And Pigments, And Of Their Powers In Painting.
by George Field. 1841. From Google Books.

A Pracitical Treatise Of The Manufacture Of Colors For Painting.
By MM. Riffault, Vergnaud, and Toussait. 1874. From Google Books.

General and Useful Instructions on Practical Painting
Drawing, Wall Papering, Tinting, Whitewashing, Stamps to Print for Braiding, &c.(?) 1879 (Archive?)

Something about painting and varnishing
By John W. Masury. 1881. Primarily covering carriage paint, delves into railroad related subjects as well.

Painting and Painters' Materials.
Copyright 1882 - The Railroad Gazette. Includes Color Plates.

The Painter's Encyclopedia.
Gardner. 1887. Outlines "American System of Carriage Painting" and many other topics.

The House and Sign Painters' Recipe Book
1890 (Archive) Lists Buttercup specifically (Buttercup- White lead and lemon chrome yellow.) as well as Claret

739 Paint Questions Answered
1904. The Painter's Magazine

The Modern Painter. 1914 - 1915 - Several Issues
Contains Official report of the Tenth Annual Convention of the Master House Painters and Decorators Association of Illinois.

Introduction | General Theory and Practice | Manufacturer Samples | Reference Material | Photography | Contemporary References

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