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Charles Roberson

Roberson_Logo_quater_size_original.jpgRoberson has a long and interesting history. The business was started in 1810 in London. Charles Roberson chose the central London location of Long Acre because of its proximity to the artistic quarter of London and to the home of the Royal Academy, in Somerset House. The company went through a few location changes in the first half of the 19th Century but remained in Long Acre until 1937, when the business moved to new premises in Camden Town. Roberson moved to its present location in Holloway in 1987.

The company was in family ownership until the 1970's, was then sold to a distribution company, and subsequently bought by the present independent owners in 1986. It now thrives as a trade-only supplier supplying many of the products for which the company was famous in the past.

Roberson was one of the most important colourmen in London. Among its customers were artists such as Turner, Whistler and Sargent, designers such as William Morris, William de Morgan and Walter Crane and the royal and famous including Queen Victoria, Lady Randolph Churchill and Winston Churchill.

The company prepared its own paints and manufactured a wide range of materials to recipes that were kept secret and actively protected. Some of these recipes are still used today.

These exciting facts are known because Charles Roberson and Co retained most of the records of the company from its past and these now form the largest artists' colourman archive in the UK. The period of the archive covers 1819 to 1985. It is held by the Hamilton Kerr Institute in Cambridge.

This year marks the company's 200th Anniversary and is testament to the uniquess of the business and the wonderful array of products it sells.

Below is a direct link to the Roberson website where you can view full details of the ranges available. We have selected what we feel are some of their "must stock" ranges and have attached the order forms below.

Charles Roberson and Co website.

Download Zest It Order Form

Download Liquid Metal Order Form



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