Event date | Sep 20, 2018

 Patrick Baty is a former member of the Council of the Chelsea Society, and of its Planning Committee.  He served in the 9/12th Royal Lancers and in the Artists Rifles (SAS).

Patrick is often called ‘The Paint Detective’ for a very good reason. A large part of his work is discovering and advising clients on the historic colours used in the decoration of all manner of buildings from ancient houses and palaces to wartime RAF stations, social housing projects, to Tower Bridge and the Holborn Viaduct, churches, work at Stowe and much more. Often interiors are reinstated to match their original decoration discovered by Patrick.

King’s Presence Chamber, Queen’s House Greenwich, post restoration.

He will tell us some interesting stories including an account of a house with discreet Royal connections where he could prove that a pair of doors had come from a long demolished building hundreds of miles away. He will also describe finding a hidden mural in the Chelsea home owned by the painter James Abbott McNeill Whistler.

Patrick and his wife run their business, “Papers and Paints” at 4 Park Walk, Chelsea SW10 a company set up by his father in 1960. Thames & Hudson recently published his book ‘The Anatomy of Colour’ a must-have reference book for decorators, designers and amateurs interested in decoration and colour in our built environment.  Paint analysis is a small and highly specialised field.

Tickets £10, (to include a glass of wine), from the Box Office of the Cadogan Hall in person, or by post with cheque payable to Cadogan Hall at 5 Sloane Terrace, London SW1X 9DQ, or by phone 0207-730-4500 (not online).  A limited number of tickets will be available at the door.

Members may bring guests, who will be admitted free of charge if they bring a completed application form for membership of the Society.  This can be downloaded from

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