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Authentic Color Schemes for Victorian Houses: Comstock's Modern House Painting, 1883

Authentic Color Schemes for Victorian Houses: Comstock's Modern House Painting, 1883

By: E. K. Rossiter, F. A. Wright

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When the authors, a pair of respected architects, first published this beautiful book in the late Victorian era, they meant it as a wakeup call to the forward-looking homeowners of the time — inviting them to eschew "the old puritanical hatred of color, which found its natural outcome in white houses with green blinds" and join in the revolutionary trend toward "advanced notions, in which the more positive colors find a chance of expression." The book helped homeowners to attain this goal through its presentation of full-color illustrations of attractive, up-to-date color schemes for houses, with special attention given to the refined lines of Queen Anne-style homes.
The heart of the book is the section of 20 exquisite color plates — each reproducing a flawlessly executed architectural drawing that shows the color possibilities for a specific house, and each accompanied by an extensive written description of the colors to be used for exterior walls and trim. An informative introductory section gives a clear explanation of how to mix primary and secondary colors to achieve such popular, mellow tones of the period as olive, russet, citrine, buff, plum, and sage. This authentic source of inspiration and suggestions will be prized by restorationists, architects, home-builders, and lovers of Victoriana.

Reprint of Modern House Painting: Containing Twenty Colored Lithographic Plates, William T. Comstock, New York, 1883.
AvailabilityUsually ships in 24 to 48 hours
ISBN 100486417743
ISBN 139780486417745
Author/EditorE. K. Rossiter, F. A. Wright
FormatBook
Page Count64
Dimensions11 x 8 3/8

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