March 8th 2021


Paint Analysis at The Assembly Rooms

York Conservation Trust care for The Assembly Rooms in York. The building is of seminal importance in the history of English architecture, designed by Lord Burlington in 1730. It was built to provide accommodation for dancing and other social activities.

A paint analysis for them and Pinnacle Conservation suggests that whilst records suggest Lord Burlington originally used a stucco scheme throughout in the main hall, to make it appear like Vitruvius’s Egyptian Temple, it looks like the stylish rotunda room was always painted. With both the Red/Brown and Stone Colours found in the early layers being very common in the 18th Century.

March 8th 2021

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