4th Annual Conference at Eltham Palace, London
on Friday 6th November 1998
'Paint in the Jazz Age'
Preparations are in hand for our fourth
annual conference, based this year at Eltham Palace, London,
where Edward IV's Great Hall survives from the late fifteenth
century, together with architecturally important scheme of rebuilding
from the 1930's carried out by the Courtauld family.
subject of the conference will be traditional paint of the early
twentieth century, a period when manufacturing changes and technology
meant paints based on lead and zinc gradually gave way to titanium
based materials, and new coating techniques were introduced.
conference aims to bring together speakers on paint manufacture
and specification, with those knowledgeable on the decorative
influences of the period. There will be an opportunity to see
at first hand the current project being undertaken by English
Heritage to conserve and present the surviving 1930's interiors
and learn about principles involved in the work.
Membership renewals are now due, and you
are all encouraged to continue your valuable support for the
work of the Forum. The Forum can only continue with renewed
support from members, which will enable it to move forward in
it's campaign for the better understanding and appreciation
of traditional paint. The success of the last annual conference
at Syon Park and the putting together of a comprehensive journal
took up a great deal of the committee's time, all of it voluntary.
In order to keep moving forward the committee are in the process
of setting up a number of technical days, to reinforce the Forum's
constitutional aims. And to address associated issues affecting
the use of paints.
already include three technical days to follow this years annual
conference, around Spring 1999, dealing with the following subjects:
Paint Manufacture - materials and processes at a practical level
Paint Analysis -An overview of principles, writing a brief ,
specifications for paint analysis and tendering advice
Colour -Pigments and their use in paint
This years annual journal will be ready
for the beginning of November, as last year, and will contain
articles written by members
of the Forum, and committee members. It is intended that the
high standard set by last years journal, edited by Patrick Baty,
will be matched both in the variety of subjects covered and
the quality of presentation.
any members would like to write anything for the journal, please
get in touch with the Journal Editor.
I. --Skeleton elevation of smutch-can,
A, Inner can,
B, Outer can.
C. Mouth ()f inner
Sketch of a 'SMUDGE Pot' from W Pearle
"Painting and Decorating' 1897
the Piazza' by TPF member John Sutcliffe, 1997
© John Sutcliffe
THE TRADITIONAL PAINT FORUM
Hon.Secretary: Una Richards, Simpson & Brown Architects,
179 Canongate, Edinburgh, ER8 8BN
Journal Editor: Patrick Baty, Papers and Paints Ltd,4 Park Walk,
Chelsea, London, W10 OAD
Note: SMUDGE is a regular news and information supplement to
the annual journal TRADITONAL PAINT NEWS. Each issue of SMUDGE
is written, in turn, by a member of The Traditional Paint Forum,
subject tothe control of the Committee. The information is provided
in good faith. It is not necessarily the view of other members
of the Forum; it is offered only as a contribution to the ongoing