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The principles of beauty in colouring systematized, 1845

It was published by William Blackwood and Sons. It is dated 1845. Its medium is hand-colored engraving on paper. It is a part of the Smithsonian Libraries department.

David Ramsay Hay, a Scottish artist, color theorist, and decorator to Queen Victoria, is best known for his interiors for Abbotsford, Sir Walter Scott’s home in Roxburghshire, England. Beginning in 1828, Hay published several books on color and aesthetic theory; in this work, Hay includes more than 80 paint samples positioned on 14 hexagonal color wheels to illustrate his theories of chromatic harmony. Hay’s theories were promoted in many popular American home decorating and house painting guides in the 19th century, such as John M. Murray’s House Painting: Plain and Decorative (1868).

It is credited Smithsonian Libraries, ND1280 .H412 1845..

Its dimensions are

H x W (open): 21 × 31 cm (8 1/4 × 12 3/16 in.)

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