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Patrick Syme, Abraham G. Werner. First published in 1814, Werner's Nomenclature of Colours is a taxonomic guide to colour which been cherished by naturalists and anthropologists for over two centuries. In the late 1790's Abraham Gottlob Werner devised his own standardised colour scheme, which allowed the writer to describe even the subtlest of chromatic differences with consistent terminology. His scheme was then adapted by an Edinburgh flower painter, Patrick Syme, who traced the actual minerals described by Werner, and used them to create the colour charts found in the book.
January 1987 · Astronomische Nachrichten.
In the final years of his life, by then one of the world’s most prominent geologists, Werner embarked upon a thoroughly different project - the development of a detailed nomenclature of colors
In the final years of his life, by then one of the world’s most prominent geologists, Werner embarked upon a thoroughly different project - the development of a detailed nomenclature of colors. conveying visual detail. It is singular, Werner wrote in considering the necessity for a nomenclature of colors, that a thing so obviously useful, and in the description of objects of natural history and the arts, where colour is an object indispensably necessary, should have been so long overlooked. Nothing like it had existed before - it was not merely a scientific handbook but a field guide to the very art of seeing.
Vollendet und herausgegeben von Felix Schmeidler. Stuttgart: Wissenschaftliche Verlagsgesellschaft 1986. XII und 510 Seiten, mit 176 graphischen Darstellungen und 88 Tabellen. Fritz Krafft - 1987 - Berichte Zur hte 10 (4):242-244. Where is the Forest? Where is the Dream?
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Before there was the Pantone Matching System, there was Werner’s Nomenclature of Colours: Adapted to. .
Before there was the Pantone Matching System, there was Werner’s Nomenclature of Colours: Adapted to Zoology, Botany, Chemistry, Mineralogy, Anatomy, and the Arts. The book is a slim volume with wide margins (for notes?) and reproductions of paint chips and descriptions next to each of the colors as well as lengthier descriptions included in the text.
Abraham Gottlob Werner (1749-817) was an eminent mineralogist and geologist. His 1774 book On the External Characteristics of Minerals included a classification of colours which was widely used by natural philosophers until well into the 19th century. Patrick Syme (1774-845) was an Edinburgh painter and art teacher. He was introduced to Werner's system of colours by the great Scottish naturalist Robert Jameson, a former student of Werner who went on to tutor the young Charles Darwin.
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