Eugène von GUÉRARD
Mount William and part of the Grampians in West Victoria 1865 (colourman)

Artists’ Colourmen

Companies manufacturing and supplying artist’s materials, from the late Eighteenth Century onward, are known as Artists’ Colourmen. They marked their products, canvases, stretchers, and boards, for instance, with individual and characteristic stamps, stencils, labels and embossed marks. These often carry the company name and address, which can be used to indicate the source and general date of manufacture of the canvas, board or stretcher associated with an artwork. We have compiled the occurrences of these stamps, stencils, labels and marks found on artworks in the National Gallery of Victoria as a resource for study and interest.

We have included in this compilation several cigar manufacturers, who are not artist’s colourmen but whose stencils appear on a group of works where cigar box lids have been recycled and used to paint on. These have a particular relationship with a group of works produced for an exhibition in Melbourne in 1889.

This on-line resource has been made possible by the generous support of the Telematics Course Development Fund.

We are also indebted to Jacob Simon for allowing us to reference the rich on-line archive of historical information on artist’s colourmen provided by the National Portrait Gallery, London.

Harper's Weekly
Tom ROBERTS
The studio party
Bernard HALL
Consolation
Hugh RAMSAY
Cloud study
Tom ROBERTS
Flower piece
George BELL
The spring
Henri FANTIN-LATOUR
Mima Lennie
Hugh RAMSAY
A Sheikh and his son entering Cairo on their return from a pilgrimage to Mecca
Robert DOWLING
Anxiety
Hugh RAMSAY
Australian scene (Williamstown)
Frederick McCUBBIN
Bridge, Venice
Josephine MUNTZ ADAMS
Coblenz
Henry GRITTEN
Collins Street
Frederick McCUBBIN
Ercildoune, near Ballarat
David DAVIES
Falls Bridge, Melbourne
Frederick McCUBBIN
Gloucester
James WEBB
Inferno
Wyndham LEWIS
Interior of the church of St Anne, Bruges
David ROBERTS
Koriniti, New Zealand
Alfred COFFEY
La Belle Yseult
John BEDFORD
Lake Wanaka, summer evening
W. M. N. WATKINS
Landscape with river and boat
Charles CONDER
Lock on the Thames
James WEBB
Love and Death
G. F. WATTS
Morning sunlight
John LONGSTAFF
Mrs Campbell McInnes (later Angela Thirkell)
John COLLIER
Near Heidelberg
Arthur STREETON
Portrait of a man
Frederick McCUBBIN
Portrait of an Aborigine
Girolamo NERLI
Sam Rabin versus Black Eagle
William ROBERTS
Sheep in landscape
J. H. CARSE
Sketch portrait of Miss Elmhurst Goode
George COATES
Still life of roses
Frederick McCUBBIN
Stony weir
Frederick WHITEHEAD
Street scene on a rainy night
Girolamo NERLI
Summer evening
Frederick McCUBBIN
'Summer has gone on swallows' wings'
Frank WALTON
Survey paddock
Louis BUVELOT
The artist's wife
Henry LAMB
The morning after Trafalgar
Clarkson STANFIELD
Twilight at Ivanhoe
David DAVIES
View of Melbourne
John Ford PATERSON
View of Melbourne, Victoria, from the Botanic Gardens
Henry GRITTEN
View of Mr Clarke's estate at Sunbury with the railway viaduct and Jackson's Creek
Henry GRITTEN
Scabiosa
A. M. E. BALE
Roses
C. Asquith BAKER