Thursday, March 17, 2016

An 18th Century Coloring Page

A lady stays at home with her little bird.

In this quiet scene, a fairly affluent home is depicted, one refined in taste enough  for some fine furnishings. A lady sits alone with her bird. There is sun in the window, and we can almost make out the landscape painting that hangs on her wall.

She sits in her parlor, dressed rather informally for a quiet time alone. She is wearing a wrap of some sort over what appears to be a set of stays and a long skirt of some sort. It is hard to tell exactly how she is dressed here, but it hardly matters.

She is holding a very special and costly item on her lap, a music box of some sort. This lovely object is being used like a prompt in order to teach her little caged bird a tune to sing.

Despite a few quality issues, I've decided to offer this image for free and to keep it in the Public Domain. It seems to me that such an image might be hand tinted using watercolors. That is, once it's been adhered securely enough to watercolor paper first. Alternatively, colored pencils might be just the thing--or maybe pan pastels. Crayons of any sort might work nicely as well.

Happy Coloring Creativity!

PPSColorMe™: A French Lady 
Teaches Her Bird a Tune

Download Black and White version HERE
Display version

(lower quality than the download)

Download Sepia version HERE

Display version
(lower quality than the download)

These 2 versions
of the same illustration
are free and in the Public Domain.


Janis said...

What a lovely and intriguing image! Thank you for sharing it with us. I can't resist your sweet vintage pieces!
<3 J

jwoolbright at gmail dot com

Plush Possum Studio said...

Good Morning, Janis!
I'm so glad you like this wonky little graphic duo. Despite its flaws, the original image intrigued me, too. Glad it was worth the effort.

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