BY CELINA FOX Richard Hudson has used cheerfulprimary colours as design statements in their own right Traces of the past We rarely see antique paint in its original condition and setting. But detailed research over recent years, based on scientific analysis of paint scrapes, old sample books, recipes and historical records, has immeasurably improved our knowledge of the range and application of paint in Britain through the centuries. Generally speaking, oil-based paint was used for woodwork and water-based paint for plaster. DINING FOR MILES SOUTHWEST The colour range was broad, but lacked the stridency of many modern paint ranges.
Oil-paints prepared with white lead, pigment, linseed oil and turpentine dull more quickly than modern gloss, with the linseed oil causing them to yellow.
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ABOVEPallantHouse, Chichester, dating from 1713, was restored in the Eighties with particular attention to historical accuracy, using authenticpaint treatments and colours, researched by Ian Bristow. View of the first-floor landing, where thepanelling is painted a so-called'dark wainscot colour (Pallant House, Chichester, is open as a historic house and art gallery. Tuesday to Saturday, 10am to 5.15pm. )