Colour of the day no. 8 – Blue verditer

Colour of the day 8 - Blue verditer

Blue Verditer

An artificial copper carbonate similar in chemical composition to the naturally occurring Azurite, it was a by-product of silver refining.

Widely used as a house paint from the 17th to the 19th Century, it can be seen extensively in the interior decorations of the Royal Pavilion in Brighton.

We’d love to know via the comments below what Blue verditer reminds you of or makes you think about. We’re also running a weekly competition where people can re-name a colour. If you had to re-name this colour, what would you call it? There will be a weekly prize of a pot of paint containing the colour and labelled with your new name and a £10 Amazon voucher.

Colour of the day

Throughout the Brighton Festival a colour of the day will be displayed in Fabrica and on this blog. To help decide which colour to choose we asked Anne Wight who is a grapheme synaesthete. This is a form of synaesthesia in which an individual’s perception of numbers and letters is associated with an experience of colour.

Like all forms of synaesthesia, grapheme-colour synaesthesia is involuntary, consistent, and memorable and is one of the most common forms of synaesthesia. Generally, while it is extremely unlikely that any two synaesthetes will report the same colours for all letters and numbers, studies of large numbers of synaesthetes find that there are some commonalities across letters.

We have chosen colours/pigments/paints for each day loosely based the colours she sees for the dates of May’s Festival.

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4 responses to “Colour of the day no. 8 – Blue verditer

  1. Alexandra Loske

    It reminds me, naturally, of the building where I spend many an hour each week: the Royal Pavilion. I am therefore proposing to re-name it “Brighton Blue(s)”.

  2. the first thought this particular airy, open blue reminded me of is the legendary Blue Bird of Happiness (Sialia Currucoides in the US or Monticola Solitarius in Europe). I would guess that some of the reason why this was used in the Royal Pavilion could refer to the fashion for the BlueBird fable/myth, L’Oiseau Bleu, which was around in the 18th Century. I would love to call this paint “BlueBird”

  3. Similar to the Royal Blue stripes of Brighton & Hove Albion FC. Although I prefer the more poetic sounding “Fisherman’s Blue” of the 1902 kit which was a little lighter in colour – “Seagulls”

  4. “Eton Mess” – Hopefully no a sign of things to come.

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