In 1783, Richard and Thomas Rowney were selling wig powder and perfumes from their location in London. When wearing wigs fell out of fashion, they moved their focus and skills to create artists' colours. Notable success followed after their paints were supplying artists such as J. M. W. Turner. In 1963 Rowney became the first European manufacturer to introduce artists' acrylic colours.
As Rowney kept developing, a separate company The Daler Board Company was growing as they created painting boards after traditional materials became scarce after the war. In 1975 The Daler Board Company released the first synthetic watercolour brush - the first real rival to sable brushes for over 100 years.
On their own, each company was leading the international development of fine artists' materials. In 1983 The Daler Board Company purchased the Rowney company to create what we now know as Daler-Rowney.
Daler-Rowney has since developed its products and expanded their ranges to include painting surfaces, oil and acrylic colours, watercolours and more.
See the full range of Daler-Rowney artists' materials available at London Graphic Centre below.