We at CWtF have recently uncovered a collection of stunning charts and diagrams representing colours, colour models and swatches thanks to our friends at The Public Domain Review.

Many of these are from Sarah Lowengard’s The Creation of Color in Eighteenth-Century Europe – a fantastic resource, (available for free thanks to Columbia University Press’s Gutenberg-e project) full of stunning images and charts supporting her substantial research into colour in art.

Our feature image, above, is a beautiful 17th century colour chart from Richard Waller’s, A Catalogue of Simple and Mixt Colours with a Specimen of Each Colour Prefixt Its Properties in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London, vol. 6 for the years 1686 and 1687.

Boutet 1708 color circles

Two colour charts credited to ‘CB’…That’s probably either Claude Boutet or Christophe Ballard…No one is sure! Source.

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A shaded colour wheel from the pen of British entomologist Moses Harris, featured in his The Natural System of Colours (1766) – Source.