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The Victorian House Coloring Book Paperback – May 1, 1980
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From the Back Cover
Open this book and you'll soon find yourself immersed in the wonderful gingerbread world of Victorian architecture and interior design. From a nostalgic introduction by John Philip Sousa III to the charming original illustrations of Daniel Lewis, The Victorian House Coloring Book invites children and colorists to re-create the furnishings, color schemes, and rich decorations of a lovely Victorian home.
Comprising a complete household tour, these beautifully authentic illustrations depict the exterior, attic, front hallway, parlor, library, dining room, kitchen, three bedrooms, bathroom (including a water closet), and basement. In addition, a delightful double-page spread shows the garden with a gazebo.
Typical of Victorian-era house, which often combined several architectural styles, the house shown here blends a simple Italianate exterior with such Second Empire features as a mansard roof and dormer windows. Other styles often featured in such homes include Queen Anne and Romanesque revivals, Carpenter Gothic and Stick, and Eastlake.
A well-researched and informative text by Kristin Helberg accompanies each illustration, commenting on furnishings and architectural details and providing insight into the historical background and everyday life of the era. Dollhouse buffs, who consistently prefer the Victorian style to all others, will welcome this handsome book, while designers and illustrators will be especially pleased that all the illustrations are royalty free.
Top Customer Reviews
The drawings in this book are lovely, and in the information brief, but interesting. This is, I think I can say, one of my all time favorite coloring books from Dover so far! I love Victorian houses, and so this was just perfect for me!
However much I loved it, though, I have to be honest. This book had a problem: Out of 47 pages or so, you get only 19... yes, 19... illustrations, unless you are counting the flowery boarders around the text on the pages that don't have anything more than that, or any tiny misc. illustrations nobody else would count if they'd been the one doing it. So what you REALLY get in this book, is NOT 40 some pages of illustrations... but 19 pictures, and about as many pages with a floral boarder, around a page of text. Just so you know! This was a VERY disappointing flaw in this otherwise fantastic book (which I like very much anyway, but that's beside the point).
Also, people need to be sure they understand what they're getting, as I think others have pointed out. You're not getting a coloring book of Victorian houses. You are getting a coloring book featuring the interior of ONE SINGLE HOUSE. This may or may not be clear to some customers. I can't remember whether or not I knew it beforehand, but being someone as interested in the inside as the outside, it doesn't bother me in any case.
Finally, the question of detail/quality. I would say the quality of the illustrations is nice. The detail has been left just a bit on the unfinished side.Read more ›
UPDATE: Apparently, coloring books for adults have come into vogue as "art therapy." Coloring is relaxing and can reduce stress. I could have told them that years ago! Keep on coloring people! 5/2015
The details are here are wonderful -- it's just what I've come to expect from Dover. The Victorian House Coloring Book will keep you busy during a trip, a rainy day at home, or any time you need to reduce your stress level.
I find coloring to be very relaxing when you are stressed. I also cannot just watch tv I like to be doing crochet or cross stitching, coloring.
These books are very well done as far as the drawings are concerned. They can be very intricate. Some are made more for children but many would be hard for a child under say 10yrs old to do and feel good about.
They are best done with colored pencils as you can get really good at shading and make them really pretty.
I highly recommend this and many others. I do own this specific book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love coloring and dreaming at the same time! This is perfect. I love fancy houses. Wish I had one.Published 1 month ago by Deneale's Book Buzz
I love this coloring book. But a lot of people have expected it to be all houses from the outside. There are a good amount of inside the house pictures, different rooms. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Tina W.
Love the designs and the information provided for each room of the house. More than just a coloring book!Published 1 month ago by TMK
Great coloring book and great concept for a coloring book; love itPublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer