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HAY, David Ramsay (1798--1866)
The laws of harmonious colouring adapted to house painting. By D. R. Hay, of the firm of Nicholson and Hay, house painters, Edinburgh.
Edinburgh printed for D. Lizars; G.B. Whittaker, London; and W. Curry, jun. and Co. Dublin, 1828.
[4], 68 p. ; 20.0 cm. (8º)

Though dismissed by Thomas Phillips (1770--1845) and by Owen Jones, Hay's book was the most important nineteenth-century manual on colour and went through six editions and a German translation. Its first appearance coincided with the establishment of the firm of Nicholson and Hay, house painters, which was also highly successful. Hay was initially encouraged to be a decorative painter by Sir Walter Scott who employed him at Abbotsford, c. 1820. (See S. Jervis, The Penguin dictionary of design and designers, London 1984, p. 225--6).

Copy Notes Inscribed in ink on front free-endpaper John Soane Esq/ From the Author. With an inserted letter dated June 28 [w/m 1829] from Phillips, portrait painter and professor of painting at the Royal Academy, 1825--32, to Soane thanking him for the loan of this book, which he considered not very philosophical and incorrect in theory, and presenting him with a cast of a piece of Mexican sculpture.

Binding C19th publisher's paper boards printed as title-page, with publisher's list on back cover.

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