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Werner’s Nomenclature of Colours, published in 1814 is the seminal text on the classification of nature’s colors. Pioneering geologist, Abraham Werner, captured the subtlest of chromatic differences in minerals with consistent terminology and his work is indispensable to the arts & sciences. Painter, Patrick Syme, expanded the hues to their connections to the plant and animal kingdoms, and this is what naturalist Charles Darwin took with him on his voyage around the globe (1831-1836). Using the precise lyricism of Werner’s Nomenclature, he enabled readers of his journals to envision the diversity of the earth in a time before photography.
An original copy of Werner’s Nomenclature of Colours exists in the Rare Book Collection of the Natural History Museum of London. Farrow & Ball, as well as Robin Standfer & Stephen Alesch of Roman and Williams interacted directly with the book, meticulously researching it. Farrow & Ball selected 16 of the 108 colors for Colour By Nature. Robin & Stephen observed the production of the water-based hues that possess exceptional vibrancy, durability, and coverage, responding to the light with beautiful complexity and depth. Colour By Nature is available in-store only at Roman and Williams Guild where it is celebrated with an installation that brings the narrative to life.