Roberson Price List - page 3

Price List 2012/13
C. Roberson & Co. Ltd
1a Hercules Street
London N7 6AT
Tel: 020-7272 0567
Fax: 020-7263 0212
Web Site:
The Company
In 1810 Charles Roberson opened his first shop on Long Acre in London’s Covent Garden preparing and selling artists’ materials. Today Roberson still
manufactures a wide range of materials and equipment. It also distributes ranges from other colourmen and materials suppliers, such as Cornelissen,
Brodie & Middleton, Daler-Rowney, Lefranc & Bourgeois, Zest-it, Pelikan, Charbonnel and Schmincke. In addition Roberson acts as wholesaler for brands
like Polyvine, Markal, Modern Masters and Plasti-Kote.
Roberson 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 19
Century but
remained in LongAcre until 1937 when the business moved to new premises in Camden
Town. Roberson moved to its present location in Holloway, north London 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 owners in 1986. It now thrives as a
trade-only supplier still producing many of the products for which the company was
famous in the past. In the nineteenth and early twentieth century Roberson was one of the
most important colourmen in Europe. 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. An astonishing archive of Roberson’s ledgers and customer records
exists for research purposes at the Hamilton Kerr Institute in Cambridge, which is part of
the Fitzwilliam Museum. 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.
How to Find Us
Trade customers are welcome to collect their orders from our trade counter. We are situated just off the junction of theA1 Holloway Road andA400 Seven
Sisters Road. We do not, however, offer retail sales facilities. End users are welcome to contact us for details of stockists and mail order companies.
Century Roberson Printmaking Tool Set
International Prize Medals awarded to Roberson
in London in 1851 and 1862
Roberson is a Trade-Only Supplier to Fine Art and Craft Retailers and to
Specialist Decorating Outlets
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