Minuet, Anyone?

Spring Blossoms Painting Book. New York: McLoughlin Bros., ca. 1900.

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Painting books were the forerunner of coloring books, and they were a staple of the McLoughlin Bros.’ publishing business by the late nineteenth century. Here is an image of two children dancing the minuet; the fully chromolithographed picture appears on the bottom, serving as a model for the outline version on the top, which has been painted by an aspiring young artist.

Adopted by Megan Sleeper