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The Use of a Copper Green Oil Paint in the Interiors of Eidsvoll Manor in Norway: Analysis of a Discoloured Architectural Paint from 1814

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The late eighteenth century Eidsvoll manor house in Norway was modernised in the first two decades of the nineteenth century. The house and its interiors were colour examined during an architectural paint research. Two colour schemes from the early nineteenth century were found; a light greyish lead white and a green copper-based oil paint. The green colour scheme had discoloured severely. In this paper we discuss the results of synchrotron based infrared spectroscopy experiments on the green paint, which consisted of a verdigris pigment used in oil with lead white and chalk. The analytical results are compared with contemporary recipes found in painters’ handbooks around 1800 and seems to be darker than any recipe provided.


  • Verdigris pigment
  • Metal soap
  • Synchrotron infrared spectroscopy

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    Damsgård manor Laksevåg/Bergen (1730–1780), Kjosgård Kristiansand (1786), Gulskogen manor Drammen (1802–1804), Frydenlund (now at Gamle Bergen) Bergen (1799), Strømsbo gård Arendal (1805–1810), Kalleviggården Arendal (1812–1815), Ladegård Trondheim (1811), and Søndre Brekke Skien (1777/1811–1813).


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The authors wish to thank the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin, Germany for allocation of synchrotron beam time. A travel grant provided by the SYNKNØYT program of the Norwegian Research Council (project number 143564) for one of the authors (HK) is gratefully acknowledged. Thanks also to NIKU, for funding additional analysis (project number 15620301-21) for the Eidsvoll project, Jon Brænne, for providing copies of Scandinavian painters’ handbooks found at archives and libraries and personal communication, Helena Grundberg, for help with the translation of the Swedish manuscript and Annelies van Loon for discussions on the use and ageing of verdigris.

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Verweij, E., Schade, U., Kutzke, H. (2019). The Use of a Copper Green Oil Paint in the Interiors of Eidsvoll Manor in Norway: Analysis of a Discoloured Architectural Paint from 1814. In: Nevin, A., Sawicki, M. (eds) Heritage Wood. Cultural Heritage Science. Springer, Cham.

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