Colour Society Of Australia


CSA NSW December webinar: "The Paint Detective" with architectural paint researcher and consultant Patrick Baty (UK)

  • 6 Dec 2020
  • 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Online
  • 41


Registration is closed


Stowe House – North Front

Patrick Baty is a leading specialist in the use of paint and colour in historic buildings. Following a research degree on The Methods and Materials of the House-painter 1650-1850 he has consulted on countless restoration projects throughout the UK including Royal palaces, country houses, cathedrals, museums, a wartime RAF station and London housing estates. In the USA he has assisted in a number of notable projects, some examples being for the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Historic Charleston, Monticello, Colonial Williamsburg and the Tryon Palace. Recent projects have included Hampton Court Palace, Stowe, Tower Bridge and the Royal Festival Hall. A list of some other projects can be seen on his website at

Patrick was a Trustee of the Georgian Group for 20 years. and Is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, a Brother of The Art Workers' Guild, a FRSA, a Scots FSA and an Honorary Fellow of the British Institute of Interior Design. He was a founding member of the Traditional Paint Forum. In 2007 his company was granted a Royal Warrant of Appointment to Her Majesty The Queen for his work on colour.

In 2017 Thames & Hudson published his magnificent book The Anatomy of Colour, an illustrated history of heritage paints, pigments and colour, and in March 2021 Thames & Hudson and Princeton University Press are publishing another book of his, entitled Nature’s Palette, which will be the subject of a presentation by Patrick at our national conference Colour Connections in March next year.

Of his webinar Patrick says: I will explain why several people have referred to me as ‘The Paint Detective’. The wide range and type of projects that I am faced with will be outlined together with a brief explanation of the process adopted. An account will be given of a house, with discreet Royal connections, where I could prove that a pair of doors had come from a long-demolished building, hundreds of miles away. I will also provide an update on work at Stowe and will describe the finding of a hidden mural in the Chelsea house owned by the painter James Abbott McNeill Whistler. 

Cross section showing series of green schemes on a garden door on a Scottish estate

This event continues a series of webinars presented free of charge by the Colour Society of Australia NSW Division during the covid-19 crisis. Registration is essential and limited to 100 participants worldwide, so early registration is advised. These webinars are open to CSA members and non-members around Australia and the world, but as a reward to our wonderful members we make bookings available to members-only for about a week before they are open to nonmembers, to ensure that no member need miss out on a place provided that they register promptly. (Please note that our June webinar with paint-maker Michael Harding was booked out a full week in advance). Successful registrants will be notified by reply email and will be sent the link and instructions to join the webinar on the Zoom platform shortly before the event. RSVP deadline to receive the Zoom link, 5 pm Saturday December 5.

CSA members additionally have exclusive access to our growing archive of video recordings, lecture slides and other resources from earlier CSA presentations in the Member's Area of the CSA website. A recording of Liz Coats' fascinating webinar Colour Notes was added to this archive recently, and we hope to continue to add resources from all of our coming presentations, including this webinar. Finally, CSA members from all Divisions who teach public colour-related classes are entitled to have their classes included in the listing at the end of these notices. We sincerely thank you for your generosity in supporting the CSA through your membership this year, without which we would have been unable to undertake activities such as this free webinar series and our preparations for our national conference Colour Connections 2021 (see below).

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