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    Colour spot chart

    William Benson (British) , Architect
    Object type
    Library reference
    height (painting): 277mm
    width (painting): 212mm
    Chart of colours based upon Benson’s ‘cube of colours’: sections at right angles with the secondary cross axes.

    Illustration for the monograph Principles of the science of colour concisely stated to aid and promote their useful application in the decorative arts by William Benson (Chapman & Hall, London, 1868), facing p.29.

    According to Benson, the cube of colours was: “A scheme by which colours may be arranged according to their natural affinity, and their relationship exhibited by their place in a complete system, will be a useful aid in forming and retaining a correct idea of the whole assemblage of colours, and in devising new and beautiful arrangements.”

    William Benson of 147 Albany Street, Regent’s Park, London, was not a Fellow of the Royal Society. His book on colour carries a dedication to George Gabriel Stokes (1819-1903) Secretary of the Royal Society and later President.
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