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The Virtual Museum of Watercolor Photo Gallery of:

Antique Whatman Papers

1900 to 1980's

For Watercolor , Drawing & Print

 

see also WHATMAN PAPERS 1700 to 1899
 
 
This Virtual Museum is a collection of photographs
items are shown for historical interest
For the only few antique papers for sale see our:
Antique Art Supplies Shop
      

Original Ream Stamp of J Whatman in 1770
ANTIQUE WHATMAN PAPER :
 

WHATMAN Hand Made Paper Creswick:

    This is a buff toned paper made by Whatman called "Creswick"
    -a very popular paper originally designed & made by Thomas Creswick.
     
    Textures of Whatman Creswic papers:
     
    from left to right:
    Creswic Rough c.1931
    Creswic Cold/Not pressed c.1959
    Creswic Hot Pressed 1959
    All these papers are sized for watercolor or ink.
     
     
    The color of this amazing paper seems to be alive as it changes with with lighting during the day.The buff color at times seems slightly yellow then pink and then off white.
     
     
      This paper is fantastic for figurative works in watercolor & drawing
    The color also varies with age and surface the hot pressed on the left is the lightest.
    A Very few samples and full sheets remain available of
    Antique Whatman Off White Creswic Papers
     
    WHATMAN Creswick Cold/ Not Pressed 1959:
     
    Full sheet at right- color varies from sheet to sheet and in various light
    Below watermark "J WHATMAN 1959"
    The photos of the watermarks are taken with light from the back which shows the paper darker than it appears on the surface.
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

     
    WHATMAN Creswick Hot Pressed c.1959:
    Watermark from left to right
    "HAND MADE J WHATMAN ENGLAND B"
    The photos of the watermarks are taken with light from the back which shows the paper darker than it appears on the surface.
 
  
Hand Made Vellum Papers:
By WHATMAN & J B GREEN
These exquisite vellum papers were hand made with cotton & linen from around 1945 to 1959.
Vellum / parchment papers were made as a substitute for animal hide parchments.
 
When wove paper was introduced in England and France in the late 1700's it was so fine and smooth it became known as paper vellum- originating in France as the term "Paper ve'lin".
 
Paper Vellum also known as vegetable parchment has distinct advantages : evenness of surface for delicate work and lower cost than animal parchment for producing books.
 
These rare papers have an exquisitely smooth hot pressed texture. The thinner ones are semi transparent. They are sized for watercolor or ink. The weight is range from 60 to 110 pound The buff colors vary slightly from piece to piece.
 

 
Photo From left to right: Lightweight Vellum is watermarked "HAND MADE J WHATMAN ENGLAND"
the heavy weight vellum in the middle is watermarked "HAND MADE J WHATMAN ENGLAND"
the medium weight vellum on the right is watermarked "J Green & Son Hand Made"
 
A few of these Antique Vellum Papers are available in our museum shop:
Antique Vellum Paper made around 60+years ago
 
   
 
 J WHATMAN Hand Made Paper Blues and White
Huge Double Elephant size papers in various colors
These papers with wove texture are all hot pressed (photo is a closeup showing surface texture)
 
The sheets are of a size called "double elephant" - it took several people working together to make each large sheet. They range from 27-28 inches wide to 40 to 41.5 inches long
The weight is around 140 to 220 pound and 300-400gsm
 
These wonderful papers were hand made with cotton and linen rag and are sized
From left to right.
The mid blue paper is watermarked "HAND MADE J WHATMAN 1925 ENGLAND" see below
The Light blue paper is watermarked "HAND MADE J WHATMAN 1915 ENGLAND"see below
The soft white paper is watermarked "HAND MADE J WHATMAN 1931 ENGLAND"
 
 
 
 
Please note these watermarks are photographed with light coming through the opposite side.
The paper shadows so it appears much darker and more gray than it does under normal reflected light.
 
 A few samples of some Antique Papers are available
 
Whatman Drawing paper 1952
This fine drawing paper is also sized for ink & water media
watermarks shown below. The label for the remaining sheets from the quire is shown below.
These precious few sheets were originally from Alexander Calder's studio- gifted by him to his studio manager.
The original size is a double elephant- approximately 28 x 41 inches.
 A few samples of this and other Antique Papers are available < click here>
 
 J WHATMAN Hand Made Paper 1923-Blank
A huge Double Elephant size paper 28 by 41.5 inches
This blue wove texture paper CP or Not pressed
it feels to be 100 pound weight
linen fiber was used as part or all of the content in pre 1940's papers
It is watermarked "HAND MADE J WHATMAN 1923 ENGLAND"
The size and kind of paper that could be used for architectural drawings
for ships (like the Titanic), bridges and buildings.

 
Please note these watermarks are photographed with light coming through the opposite side. The paper shadows so it appears much darker and more gray than it does under normal reflected light.
NOT FOR SALE
 
 J WHATMAN Hand Made Watercolor Paper -Blank
 
This wove texture paper is a 140 pound Not Pressed Creamy White Watercolour Paper 20th century
 
 
is watermarked "HAND MADE J WHATMAN B"
Please note these watermarks are photographed with light coming through the opposite side. The paper shadows so it appears much darker and more gray than it does under normal reflected light.
 J WHATMAN Hand Made Paper c1930
 
This thin blue wove texture paper from around 1930
is watermarked J WHATMAN HAND MADE.
This is a page from a book of Whatman paper samples made in 1931: "J.Whatman" by W.L.R. Balston Ltd.
 
Please note these watermarks are photographed with light coming through the opposite side. The paper shadows so it appears much darker and more gray than it does under normal reflected light.
 
 
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This Virtual Museum is a collection of photographs particulars items are shown for historical interest -and are not for sale
see our museum shop for items for sale.
 
 A BLANK BOOK WITH
WHATMAN Hand Made Paper 1902
 
This antique book was made around 1902 with It is blank with around 90 pages hand bound in a leather binding.
 
This Journal contains a fine texture wove paper is sized for ink, sketching, or watercolor.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

The drop of distilled water shows the paper is sized.

If it stays on the surface it is sized.

If absorbed like a blotter it is unsized or waterleaf.

 

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The edges of the paper are toned from age.
The top edge of paper is cut straight & has gold leaf to protect
 
Each page has the watermark "J WHATMAN 1902"- carefully lined up in the same position on each page NOT FOR SALE
 

 

Double quire label from 1952 below

Whatman ream label 1959

A Whatman advertisement

from an art magazine in the states

dating from 1970-1980's

 
 
 J WHATMAN Hand Made Watercolor Paper 1956 - white- Blank Paper
It is watermarked "HAND MADE J WHATMAN 1956 ENGLAND"
A 90 pound weight paper with a rough texture. It appears to have a partial linen content.
This is part of several various sheets I acquired in the late 1990's from a New York vintage paper supplier
 
 
 
 
Whatman made laid texture paper with watermark "1690 Hand Made" A winged woman and chariot and a Britiannia device/watermark
See both photos of watermarks on single sheets.
This paper was made for Grosvenor Charter, paper merchants in London.
1690 is their founding date. The paper was made in the 1940's to 1950's
Dates in watermarks may be also commemorative or founding dates for special events on a single client.
It is a foolscap paper - sized for ink and print.
 

 

Vintage Whatman Paper
 
 J WHATMAN Mould Made Watercolor Paper White Rough 140 pound -
size approximately 22 x 30 inches Bright white
An excellent mould made paper Made in the mid 1980's

watermark on page

 
 
 
 
  The rest of this page is under construction -
Please check back
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 The Antique Art Supplies Shop Vintage papers
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
   
 
 
ANTIQUE WHATMAN PAPER :
 

WHATMAN Hand Made Paper Creswick:

    This is a buff toned paper made by Whatman called "Creswick" -a very popular paper originally designed & made by Thomas Creswick.
     
    Textures of Whatman Creswic papers:
     
    from left to right:
    Creswic Rough c.1931
    Creswic Cold/Not pressed c.1959
    Creswic Hot Pressed 1959
    All these papers are sized for watercolor or ink.
     
     
    The color of this amazing paper seems to be alive as it changes with with lighting during the day.The buff color at times seems slightly yellow then pink and then off white.
     
     
     
      This paper is fantastic for figurative &-nudes in watercolor & drawing
     
    The color also varies with age and surface the hot pressed on the left is the lightest.
     

    Antique Whatman Creswic Hand Made Paper

     

     

    Antique Vellum Papers for Calligraphy
     
     A few samples of some Antique Papers are available
    WHATMAN Creswick Cold/ Not Pressed 1959:
     
    Full sheet at right- color varies from sheet to sheet and in various light
    Below watermark "J WHATMAN 1959"
    The photos of the watermarks are taken with light from the back which shows the paper darker than it appears on the surface.
     
     
     
     
     

     
    WHATMAN Creswick Hot Pressed c.1959:
    Watermark from left to right
    "HAND MADE J WHATMAN ENGLAND B"
    The photos of the watermarks are taken with light from the back which shows the paper darker than it appears on the surface.
 
  
Hand Made Vellum Papers:
By WHATMAN & J B GREEN
These exquisite vellum papers were hand made with cotton & linen from around 1945 to 1959.
Vellum / parchment papers were made as a substitute for animal hide parchments.
 
When wove paper was introduced in England and France in the late 1700's it was so fine and smooth it became known as paper vellum- originating in France as the term "Paper ve'lin".
 
Paper Vellum also known as vegetable parchment has distinct advantages : evenness of surface for delicate work and lower cost than animal parchment for producing books.
 
These rare papers have an exquisitely smooth hot pressed texture. The thinner ones are semi transparent. They are sized for watercolor or ink. The weight is range from 60 to 110 pound The buff colors vary slightly from piece to piece.
 

 
Photo From left to right: Lightweight Vellum is watermarked "HAND MADE J WHATMAN ENGLAND"
the heavy weight vellum in the middle is watermarked "HAND MADE J WHATMAN ENGLAND"
the medium weight vellum on the right is watermarked "J Green & Son Hand Made"
 A few samples of some Antique Papers are available
  
Hand Made Vellum Papers:
By WHATMAN & J B GREEN
These exquisite vellum papers were hand made with cotton & linen from around 1945 to 1959.
Vellum / parchment papers were made as a substitute for animal hide parchments.
 
When wove paper was introduced in England and France in the late 1700's it was so fine and smooth it became known as paper vellum- originating in France as the term "Papier ve'lin".
 
Paper Vellum also known as vegetable parchment has distinct advantages : evenness of surface for delicate work and lower cost than animal parchment for producing books.
 
These rare papers have an exquisitely smooth hot pressed texture. The thinner ones are semi transparent. They are sized for watercolor or ink. The weight is range from 60 to 110 pound The buff colors vary slightly from piece to piece.
 

 
Photo From left to right: Lightweight Vellum is watermarked "HAND MADE J WHATMAN ENGLAND"
the heavy weight vellum in the middle is watermarked "HAND MADE J WHATMAN ENGLAND"
the medium weight vellum on the right is watermarked "J Green & Son Hand Made"
 A few samples of some Antique Papers are available
 J WHATMAN Hand Made Paper Blues and White
Huge Double Elephant size papers in various colors
These papers with wove texture are all hot pressed (photo is a closeup showing surface texture)
 
The sheets are of a size called "double elephant" - it took several people working together to make each large sheet. They range from 27-28 inches wide to 40 to 41.5 inches long
The weight is around 140 to 220 pound and 300-400gsm
 
These wonderful papers were hand made with cotton and linen rag and are sized
 
 
 
 
From left to right.
The mid blue paper is watermarked "HAND MADE J WHATMAN 1925 ENGLAND" see below
The Light blue paper is watermarked "HAND MADE J WHATMAN 1915 ENGLAND"see below
The soft white paper is watermarked "HAND MADE J WHATMAN 1931 ENGLAND"
 
 
 
 
Please note these watermarks are photographed with light coming through the opposite side.
The paper shadows so it appears much darker and more gray than it does under normal reflected light.
 
 A few samples of some Antique Papers are available
 
 
 
 
 
 J WHATMAN Hand Made Paper 1923-Blank
A huge Double Elephant size paper 28 by 41.5 inches
This blue wove texture paper CP or Not pressed
it feels to be 100 pound weight
linen fiber was used as part or all of the content in pre 1940's papers
It is watermarked "HAND MADE J WHATMAN 1923 ENGLAND"
The size and kind of paper that could be used for architectural drawings
for ships (like the Titanic), bridges and buildings.

 
Please note these watermarks are photographed with light coming through the opposite side. The paper shadows so it appears much darker and more gray than it does under normal reflected light.
NOT FOR SALE
 
 J WHATMAN Hand Made Watercolor Paper -Blank
 
This wove texture paper is a 140 pound Not Pressed Creamy White Watercolour Paper 20th century
 
 
is watermarked "HAND MADE J WHATMAN B"
Please note these watermarks are photographed with light coming through the opposite side. The paper shadows so it appears much darker and more gray than it does under normal reflected light.
 J WHATMAN Hand Made Paper c1930
 
This thin blue wove texture paper from around 1930
is watermarked J WHATMAN HAND MADE.
This is a page from a book of Whatman paper samples made in 1931: "J.Whatman" by W.L.R. Balston Ltd.
 
Please note these watermarks are photographed with light coming through the opposite side. The paper shadows so it appears much darker and more gray than it does under normal reflected light.
 
 
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    A chart of Whatman stock paper sizes and weights from around 1930.

     

    Note the Creswic sizes

    This is noted as being printed on blue laid imperial.

 
 
This Virtual Museum is a collection of photographs
items are shown for historical interest -and are not for sale
 
 
 A BLANK BOOK WITH
WHATMAN Hand Made Paper 1902
 
This antique book was made around 1902 with It is blank with around 90 pages hand bound in a leather binding.
 
This Journal contains a fine texture wove paper is sized for ink, sketching, or watercolor.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

The drop of distilled water shows the paper is sized.

If it stays on the surface it is sized.

If absorbed like a blotter it is unsized or waterleaf.

 

.

The edges of the paper are toned from age.
The top edge of paper is cut straight & has gold leaf to protect
 
Each page has the watermark "J WHATMAN 1902"- carefully lined up in the same position on each page
 

 

Original Ream Stamp of J Whatman in 1770

 

Double quire label from 1952 below

Whatman ream label 1959

A Whatman advertisement

from an art magazine in the states

dating from 1970-1980's

 
 
 J WHATMAN Hand Made Watercolor Paper 1956 - white- Blank Paper
It is watermarked "HAND MADE J WHATMAN 1956 ENGLAND"
A 90 pound weight paper with a rough texture. It appears to have a partial linen content.
This is part of several various sheets I acquired in the late 1990's from a New York vintage paper supplier
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Not all of these are for sale , some are shown for historical interest.
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