Thursday, December 3, 2015

Free Jane Austen Era Coloring Page

Regency Coloring Page

At first glance, this picture might appear to be straight out of either Ancient Rome or Greece. That is because of the designs of that era, many of which left the Baroque and Rococo behind for the style known as "Neoclassical."

That same style influenced everything from interior design to clothing, hair and jewelry, to literature and the fine arts.

I like to see the reticule, or small purse (possibly a sewing bag for travel, although I am not certain) dangling from the back of one of the elegant chairs in the room.

The scene reminds me very much of how the customs of today are quite different to those of the Austen era. We notice how there are only ladies gathered under candlelight in this well designed room. 

But where are the gentlemen? The male guests are most likely either taking snuff from somebody's fancy snuff box in another room close by, or playing at some manly game to which the ladies have naturally not been invited. It is likewise a possibility that they have been discussing politics or finance together. 

The ladies have, due to custom, left the dining room for another unique room. In fact, the room you see in the picture below is more than likely the "Withdrawing Room," which grew to later be called simply the "Drawing Room."

As a side note, it was considered rude for gentlemen to keep ladies waiting for too long after meals. Let's hope our guests will soon gather together again all in one place, that being our Withdrawing Room.

As per usual, this coloring page needed a fair amount of cleanup, along with some resizing. All the same, it is free and in the Public Domain for anyone to use.

Our Jane Austen Quote for today's post is as follows:

"We are to have a tiny party here tonight. I hate tiny parties, they force one into constant exertion."
Letter (1801-05-21) [Letters of Jane Austen -- Brabourne Edition] 

Happy Jane Austen Creativity!

PPSColorMe™Page: Jane Austen Era Ladies

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