New/Old pochade box (1853-1937)

Pochade box (1853 - 1937)

I bought an old pochade box from ebay last week which I’ve been converting so I can use it outside for some plain air painting. Its a beautiful box, made by Roberson & Co sometime between 1853-1937 when they were based in 99 Long Acre in London.

I had a small wooden adaptor made that I can use to paint with smaller panels as well. Its pretty adaptable the main board size is 14″ x 10″ and I can have any size smaller than that as well. On the bottom I’ve added a tripod mount so I can paint standing up. The easel has been cleaned up as well, after a century of use it was pretty unusable, in the video above I’ve shown the state of the underside.

Its got quite a few thoughtful details such as the small hinges which keep the palate in place so it won’t mess up the boards. There’s also a ratchet system on the inner piece (where the boards are) that you can use to raise the panel up and down.

I can’t wait to start using it, hopefully this weekend I’ll start trying it out.