Werner's Nomenclature of Colours

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Werner's Nomenclature of Colours is a book of named colour samples compiled by Abraham Gottlob Werner, and subsequently amended by Patrick Syme.[1] The book, first published in 1814, was used by Charles Darwin in his scientific observations.[2][3] Werner's Nomenclature can be viewed as a predecessor of modern named colour systems such as Pantone.[2] The colours are illustrated and described, and examples shown of their use in ornithological plates in The Anatomy of Colour by Patrick Baty.


  1. ^ Kate, Sierzputowski (2018-01-31). "Werner's Nomenclature of Colours: a Pre-Photographic Guide for Artists and Naturalists". Colossal. Retrieved 2018-09-10.
  2. ^ a b St Clair, Kassia (February 5, 2018). "Before Pantone There Was Werner's Nomenclature of Colours | Architectural Digest". Architectural Digest. Retrieved 2018-09-10.
  3. ^ Nijhuis, Michelle (January 27, 2018). "The Book That Colored Charles Darwin's World". The New Yorker. Retrieved 2018-09-10.

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