Winsor & Newton

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Winsor & Newton
Industry Art materials
Founded 1832; 183 years ago (1832)

Winsor & Newton is a UK company that manufactures a wide variety of fine art products including: oils, alkyds, watercolours, acrylics, pastels, artists' brushes, canvases, papers, portfolios, and distributes the Derwent pencil sets.


The company was founded in 1832 by William Winsor and Henry Newton. The firm was originally located at Henry Newton’s home in 38 Rathbone Place, London. This was then part of an artists’ quarter in which a number of eminent painters, including Constable, had studios, and other colourmen were already established.

The Winsor & Newton student range of watercolours is named after John Sell Cotman.


The following is a list containing the art products made by Winsor & Newton:[1]

Item Products
Oil paint, solvents, drying oils, varnishes, oil bars
Acrylic paint, additives, varnishes, masking
Watercolour paint, mask fluids, gum arabic, aquapasto, masking
Gouache paint
Inks drawing ink, calligraphy ink
Artist brushes oil, acrylic, watercolour, gouache and multi-purpose brushes
Supports oil, acrylic, watercolour, drawing and craft papers, canvases
Accessories palettes, painting knives, charcoals, dip pens (under the brands Gillott and William Mitchell), easels

In Culture[edit]

Winsor & Newton advert in The Photographic Journal of 1914

The Winsor & Newton paints are repeatedly referenced in Dorothy Sayers' 1931 detective novel Five Red Herrings whose plot deals with a painter being murdered and six other painters being suspected of killing him. The painting habits of the suspects, including which kind of paint is used by each, turn out to provide crucial clues eventually leading Lord Peter Wimsey to the real culprit.

Karlheinz Stockhausen and his studio assistants read product names from the Winsor & Newton catalog aloud in his electronic composition Hymnen.

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