Book, Color Standards and Color Nomenclature, 1912
Robert Ridgeway was Smithsonian’s first curator of birds, and became interested in color as a means to identify different bird species. Frustrated with the inconsistencies in existing color standards, he spent twenty-five years developing an improved system. He adopted Milton Bradley’s color measurement techniques, using spinning colored disks to “scientifically” create his own color dictionary.
It is credited
Smithsonian Libraries, QC495 .R54.
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Its dimensions are
H x W (open): 22.9 × 31.8 cm (9 in. × 12 1/2 in.)
This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Saturated: The Allure and Science of Color.