271 years before Pantone, an artist mixed and described every colour imaginable in an 800 page book!
In 1692 the artist known only as “A. Boogert” sat down to write a book in Dutch about mixing watercolours. Not only would he begin the book with a bit about the use of colour in painting, but would go on to explain how to create certain hues and change the tone by adding one, two, or three parts of water. The premise sounds simple enough, but the final product is almost unfathomable in its detail and scope. Spanning nearly 800 completely handwritten (and painted) pages, it was probably the most comprehensive guide to paint and colour of the time.