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updated Jan 23, 2023


The Virtual Museum of Watercolor Gallery of:

Reeves & Sons

Artists Watercolor Paint Box
Telling a story of a an Early Victorian Painter
Barbara Walker
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A Reeves & Sons Artists Watercolor Paint Box
Telling a story of an early 1800's painter, Barbara Walker.
This watercolor boxed set was created by Reeves & Sons London around 1829-1830
Trade label in this antique watercolor box around 1829-1830
The finely detailed engraved trade card is in the lower drawer
This very old box has a selection of 30 colors. 
 Some of the original colors appear to be still in the box.
The box contained one of the largest assortment of colors offered in a box at the time.
All the blocks of paint appear to be Reeves make of that era and later.
Photo of some Blocks of watercolor found in this box
which are of the era.

The top of the box is engraved with her name "Barbara Walker"
At this time ,all that is known of her is derived from the contents in this magnificent watercolor box:
Her tools, several paintings, and a letter to her.
Still this is an amazing portrait of a person from over 180 years ago.
Below are her paintings found in the box
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Carnation and flowers Watercolor on hot pressed paper watermarked "J Whatman 1822"
The small palette with paint remaining on one side appears to be the colors she used in the painting.
Detail of painting showing fine brush stokes very similar to miniature painting but on a large scale painting.
The papers used have a very smooth "Hot Pressed" surface.
The technique appears to have been done with a nearly dry paint arriving at great detail and velvety surface. T
his required a very steady hand.
The box contains a few brushes . There is a pin feather mounted on a stick that could have been used
by using its point or edge. Several loose tiny pin feathers possibly from a quail or pheasant are also found in the box.
This moth was done with great detail on a sheet of paper , cut out and remounted on this sheet.
The size of the painting is the size of the creature and the effect is an actual mounted specimen.
These sketches by her are in the box:
Below a couple of pencils one HB, one HH and a metal point fastened on
a pencil. The metal point is lead or silver and will create a very fine feint line, which
is very useful for under drawing for watercolors.
A row of bowl palette under the paint tray, and under that, a second pencil tray with a second of three Reeves & Sons labels.
The box has three Reeves & Sons labels.
Below is a small label in the front brush & pencil tray
(enlarged for detail) This label only appears in their boxes around 1830
Both flat palette large and small are marked Wedgwood
Front of box with key. Lock does not work.
Below the back side and top. The Rosewood has some small cracks and ripples -to be expected for a box of 183+ years of age.
Found in the box:
A letter to her from a correspondent in part with a gentle criticism of her paintings .
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Not for sale - is shown here for historical information.
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