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Small Winsor & Newton Watercolour Box

Small Winsor & Newton Watercolour Box

The label to the inner lid of this Watercolour Box notes Winsor & Newton’s Best Quality Japanned Tin Box, Made in England. The box has a finger ring to the underside to hold it during use, 12 sections to take square watercolour tablets and an area to take its small, replaced, brush. The undersides of the lid and inner lid can be used as mixing palettes. The size of this watercolour box is small enough to fit into a top pocket with space to spare. Early 20th Century. 

Closed Size is Given. 

Another Winsor & Newton Box can be seen here and here 

Winsor & Newton Winsor & Newton were founded in 1832 by William Winsor, a scientist and Henry Newton, an artist. The combination of their two skill sets led to innovation in the production of artist’s materials and equipment which remains a guiding principle for the company today. Their first premises were at 38 Rathbone Place, London and they stayed there until 1939 when they moved to Wealdstone, Harrow. They had also moved their colour manufactory to Wealdstone the previous year from the North London Colour Works. With the outbreak of war and the destruction of Rathbone Place a year later in the blitz, it was a wise move. Winsor & Newton’s desire to lead the market was a boon to the travelling artist. Not only did they produce a variety of easily portable watercolour sets, as illustrated, but their production of moist watercolour blocks in 1835, glass syringes as paint containers in 1840 and the collapsible screw cap paint tube in 1842 all showed they had portability very much in mind. Turner was just one of a number of artists who benefitted from such invention. The company were also very concerned with the improvement of the colours of their paint and to this day still work closely with artists to develop their products. Queen Victoria patronised the business in 1841 and they have enjoyed royal patronage ever since. Winsor & Newton became a limited company a few months before the death of Henry Newton in 1881. The company are still recognised today as leaders in their field.

Height: 0.5 ins (1.27 cm)
Width: 2.75 ins (6.99 cm)
Depth: 1.75 ins (4.45 cm)
Ref. 81627 £ 55
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