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updated May 24 2013 / 6-8-21
The Virtual Museum of Watercolor:
William Reeves
Artists watercolor paint box c. 1784 to 1789
Shown for historical reference. Not for sale.
                        photo c.2012 R.M. Bodoh
William Reeves
Artists watercolor paint box
c. 1784 to 1789
Not for sale
William Reeves invented the watercolor block or cake as it is known in 1781,
making the painting of watercolor more portable.
They had honey in their recipe to make the paint rewettable.
Before this colors had to be prepared by the artist or a colorman and the paint dried out easily.
In 1784 William and his partner and older brother Thomas split into two businesses by their individual names.
Trade card in this box
William Reeves Paint block -- 1784-1789
This is the paint original to the box.
Enlarged for details
We need more like these for the collection and will trade or buy



he outside of the box shows their distinctive design from the 1700's with "rope" banding with ebony :
Reeves palettes
These are paint palettes found in this Reeves Paint Box some may be replacements from other art supply companies. Most pallets provided by the various art supply brands were made for them by various china & other producing manufacturers
Small round pallets found
in this William Reeves paint
box 1784-1789
Shown are four of 6 pallets which are all different
in width and thickness- they appear to be all individually
hand formed.
None have a makers mark.
Will trade for or buy this item if available (see items for sale page)
Wanted the palette that fits in the top it was possibly marble, less than 4 1/4 inch by 2 3/8 inch.
Wanted paint blocks that say Reeves, W. Reeves, T. Reeves, Reeves & Inwood, Reeves & Woodyer
Wanted: The box will accommodate a 1 7/8 wide by 1 inch high water glass proosibly like the one in the Reeves & Woodyer box.














(c)1985-2011 All original designs and photographs shown herein are and copyright protected.
(c) Copyright 1985- 2011 The Whimsie Studio, Larry Henke, Ronald Bodoh
We have not cleaned these pallets much to preserve the use history. Note that this palette has been
burnished to a dull finish by "working up" early pigments and or paint blocks which required extensive manipulation
unlike the paints of the 1830's and later. Cobalt and other colors are known to be quite abrasive to palette and brushes.
Whimsie studio is a trademark protected name