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17th Century Watercolour “pantone style” Book – amazing!

I guess everyone gets those posts about ‘this day in history’  from Facebook, where they highlight a post from your own page and if you want, you can share it.  Well today one came up for me about a 17th Century artists ‘pantone colour book’.  I thought  was awesome.

A typical Pantone Booklet/Chart

For those not of the artistic persuasion, for contrast, here is an actual pantone book/chart.  Handy yes, but imagine having this book on your desk, knowing that it was made hundreds of years ago and has probably been handled by oh so many people!

I kind of forgot all about it, and couldn’t find the post again, so I googled it, as I’d like to share it, and check back myself from time to time when I need a little inspiration! I would love to see this in person!

Colour Book by Dutch Artist A. Boogert 1692
Colour Book by Dutch Artist A. Boogert 1692

So here we have it.  It was made in 1692 by a Dutch artist called A. Boogert, and the colours are watercolour tones.  It’s an amazing 700 or more pages long and if you want to see it in full – click here.  I think what I love about it is that a) it is all hand painted, and b) the lovely penmanship – even if it isn’t in English!   I always wonder how many other wonderful art books are out there gathering dust that have never been seen before.

This one is definitely a rarity, but it is now being included in a PhD study to be completed in 2015 at the University of Amsterdam.

One of the things that is interesting to note is that on some (if not all?) of the coloured squares/rectangles, there also appears to be some written words.  I wonder if this describes ‘how’ the tone was reached?

1692 page pantone book
One of the pages of the book.

Meanwhile, back in 2015, I have my trusty and terribly cheap ‘colour wheel’ 😉  A la “Currys Art Store, circa 2005!!

Modern Pocket Colour  Wheel!
Modern Pocket Colour Wheel!


Self taught artist back living in New Zealand after more than a decade of living in Canada. Starting over in more ways than one but always up for the challenge!

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