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Victorian Painting, a talk by Professor Miles Lewis, FAHA, AM.

May 25, 2022 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm


Hotham History Project presents a talk on Victorian Paint by Professor Miles Lewis, FAHA, AM.

Heritage paint colour controls in Victoria, and to a large extent in Australia, are based mainly upon a document prepared 45 years ago by Miles Lewis and his then research assistant Alison Blake (now Bishop Alison Taylor).  Today those controls are substantially unchanged, except for the cumulative inaccuracies which have crept in over time.  But much more research has been undertaken by Lewis and others.

In this presentation Lewis will discuss both aspects – the fundamental principles underlying the original controls, and the further information now available, covering stucco and cement finishes, unpainted surfaces, paint types, natural colours, ready-mixed paints, conventions for external colours on buildings, signwriting, conservation colour controls, the paint colours bulletin, the Munsell colour system, paint layers and microscope analysis, sanded finishes and other topics.

Professor Miles Lewis, FAHA, AM, is an architectural and building historian known for a range of publications, such as Architectura, published internationally in five languages, and for his work on vernacular architecture.  He is an honorary life member of the Comité International d’Architecture Vernaculaire.  The building materials which he collected during his academic life at Melbourne University have now been digitised to produce interactive three-dimensional simulacra, on a web site which will be launched shortly.

If you missed the live Zoom event, you can still watch our recording below.

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Click Video 2 image below for part 2.

Live in person, Time: May 25, 2022, 7:30 PM, Melbourne.

Location: Dewey common room, Bastow Institute, Victorian Academy of Teaching and Leadership,  603 – 615 Queensberry St, North Melbourne 3051.

Tickets are only available for those wanting to go in person to the live event. Seats strictly limited. Tickets available at: www.eventbrite.com.au/

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This event will also be simulcast live on Zoom.

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A recording will be made available after the event at www.hothamhistory.org.au/


May 25, 2022
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm


Bastow Institute
603 - 615 Queensberry Street
North Melbourne, victoria 3051 Australia


Hotham History Project
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