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Hereby presenting an excerpt from the preface of The Encyclopedia of Ornament (1842) by Henry Shaw, F.S.A. It tells the story of today’s Free Friday Vintage Coloring Page which is a drawing by Van Swol.

“To the practical designer, therefore, this work is offered as a useful collection of pure studies of ancient works of art; while the amateur will find in it a correct series of illustration of the progress of ornamental design during a long period of history.”

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Hereby presenting an excerpt from the Popular Dictionary of Architecture and the Allied Arts, Volume 3 (1882) by William James Audsley and George Ashdown Audsley. It tells the story of today’s Free Friday Vintage Coloring Page, which was illustrated by the authors.

“BROCAT or BROCADE – A rich silk stuff, woven with ornamental patterns, thrown up with gold and silver threads; or a gold or silver tissue ornamented with floral, conventional, or other devices in coloured silks, in imitation of embroidery or needlework…. In the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries several of the foreign looms were celebrated for their textile fabrics, among which brocades, or stuffs of a similar nature, held a prominent position.”

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Hereby presenting an excerpt from the Popular Dictionary of Architecture and the Allied Arts (1878) by William James Audsley and George Ashdown Audsley. It tells the story of today’s Free Friday Vintage Coloring Page, which was illustrated by the authors.

“ANTEFIXUM – This term, correctly speaking, signifies an ornament of terra cotta or other material, fixed in front of the frieze of an entablature; but it has been very commonly used to designate the ornaments which were introduced by the Classic architects to terminate the harmi, or joint tiles of a roof, at the eaves of a building….  Amongst the Greek examples, those of the Parthenon, the temple of Apollo at Bassse (Fig. 1), and the Choragic monument of Lysicrates are the most beautiful. They are of marble, and richly carved, and were evidently introduced for the purpose of relieving the severe horizontal line of the cornice, to which they served as an ornamental cresting.”

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Hereby presenting an excerpt from A Book of the Country and the Garden (1903) by H. M. Batson. It tells the story of today’s Free Friday Vintage Coloring Page which is an illustration by F. Carruthers Gould and A. C. Gould.

“Time would fail me to tell of the day’s catastrophes of the ox, brought to draw the maypole to its place, which tried to gore Tommy Sandford, and did indeed ruin his best jacket, which Jim had to pay for; …”

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