Paint Analysis at York Assembly Rooms

Croft, Paul and Croft, Paul (2017) Paint Analysis at York Assembly Rooms. Project Report. City of York Council,

Paint Analysis at York Assembly Rooms
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The Assembly Rooms were constructed in 1730 to a design by Richard Boyle, 3rd Earl of Burlington, representing an early example of neo-classical architecture. They are listed Grade I and considered to be of seminal importance in the history of English Architecture. In his design, Burlington availed himself of Palladio’s interpretation of Vitruvian archaeology with a perfect reconstruction of the ‘Oecus Aegyptus’ or Egyptian Hall, as illustrated in Palladio’s woodcut of 1570.
There is an assumption that Burlington's intention was to use paint and pigments on the internal plaster and stucco to present the interior as a stone hall, although there is no direct evidence for this. The objective of this research exercise was to uncover physical evidence of the earliest appearance of the interior space of the main Assembly Room by removing and analysing a number of key samples (no samples were removed from the adjoining rooms and circulation spaces). However, an examination of the physical samples in cross section has brought the subsequent decorative schemes applied into focus and a brief narrative of their colours and nature is also provided.

Keywords:Assembly Room York, Burlington, Grade 1 listed, Palladio, Classical Architecture
Subjects:K Architecture, Building and Planning > K250 Conservation of Buildings
D Veterinary Sciences, Agriculture and related subjects > D445 Heritage Management
Divisions:College of Arts > School of History & Heritage > School of History & Heritage (Heritage)
ID Code:33514
Deposited On:19 Oct 2018 12:28

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