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Colour processes

Title page of book.Modern chromatics: with applications to art and industry.Research into chromatics (the science of colour) in the 19th century was concerned with how techniques could be applied to art and industry, as well as to photographic processes.

This overview of research into the subject acknowledges its debts to contemporary scientists (including James Clerk Maxwell) and educates the reader in ‘a clear, logical, and if possible attractive form, [in] the fundamental facts connected with our perception of colour, so far as they are at present known’.

Chapters include those on ‘Constants of colour’, ‘Production of colour by fluorescence and phosphorescence’ and ‘Modes of arranging colours in systems’. Various optical experiments are illustrated, which students are encouraged to repeat.

Frontispiece depicting colour charts and the effects produced by mixing pigments.Colour charts and the effects produced by mixing pigments.Research into chromatics (the science of colour) in the 19th century was concerned with how techniques could be applied to art and industry, as well as to photographic processes.

The frontispiece shown here illustrates colour charts and the effects produced by mixing pigments.

Our copy of this book is from the library collection of Sion College, transferred to King’s in 1996.

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