Inspiring creativity since 1783..
In 1783, the Rowney Company was established when Richard and Thomas Rowney moved to central London and opened premises selling perfumes and wig powder. As the wearing of wigs soon became unfashionable (an event for which George IV was blamed when he discarded his own wig), the Rowneys re-focused their activities and concentrated upon producing artists' colours. They achieved notable success, supplying famous artists such as Constable and Turner. Indeed, Turner was a family friend for whom the company became the appointed official lithographers. During the 19th and 20th centuries, the Rowney Company relocated around London many times and throughout this time accomplished numerous improvements in the manufacture and production of oil and watercolour.