by J Barcham Green, Hayle Mill, Kent, England in 1986
Barcham Green were one of the greatest western papermakers of all time, operating from the 1800s until the late 1980s. Specialising in paper for fine art, conservation and bookbinding - most papers made today are copies of papers made at Hayle Mill.
This batch of RWS paper was made in 1986 towards the end of Hayle Mill's papermaking days.
SURFACE: CP/NOT (mild texture)
WEIGHT: 240 gsm, 55lb
lb weight of paper is calculated by the weight of a full ream of paper. As these full sheets are smaller than Full Sheet (22 x 30 inches) the weight is not equivalent. If this was a Full Sheet ream the weight would be closer to 110 lb.
12 sheets measuring approximately 290 x 200 mm, 11 x 8 inches (close to European A4 size). These have been cut down from 3 ful sheets
ABOUT RWS PAPER
In England in 1831, when the Society of Painters in Water-Colours (later nicknamed the 'Old Water-Colour Society') took up its name, most professional watercolourists preferred 100% rag, handmade, gelatine sized, air dried papers.
It wasn't until the end of the 19th century that artists and members of what in 1881 became the Royal Society of Painters in Water-Colours (shortened to Royal Watercolour Society or RWS) became concerned about the increasing use of low quality materials such as wood pulp and chlorine bleaches in watercolour paper.
In 1895, a well known watercolour painter, JW North formed a small company, the 'O.W' Paper & Arts Company Ltd, with the object of marketing handmade papers of the finest quality made from 100% linen rag, specifically for artists' use. The paper was made at Hayle Mill from 1895 to 1911 and then from 1916 until the 1980s when Hayle Mill paper mill closed. In 1962 the recipe changed to cotton due to the scarcity of linen rag.