Dover Coloring Book

Text Box with description of Book

Tom Tierney is one of my most favorite coloring book artists, and absolutely my favorite fashion artist. He is more well known for his paper dolls, famous for his celebrities, including the Dalai Lama and the Pope! He also created paper dolls of famous fashion designers, and historic periods. And it is the last category in which his most of his coloring books fall. They are so well researched, and I have also found that hidden in my big Sterilite box of Dover art, architecture, and fashion books, are many models from which Tierney created his pages. Sadly Tierney died six years ago, but he was quite elderly, so he had many years to bring joy to so many people through his art works. You may visit his Index Page to see all of his material I have reviewed so far.

This one is from 2003, and has 43 pages to color. Dover's regular coloring books are only 30 pages now, so perhaps that is why it was discontinued. I can't imagine any other reason. It is a great book and was great fun to color. As with most of Tierney's ethnic coloring books, he provides a long-range history, also. This one dates from 200 CE to 1670. Most of his coloring books also have several pages of accessories to color in the back, and I look forward to those. I even included one to post this time. And as always, he supplies some background information on the people who are portrayed, plus what their fashion trends were over the years. I really miss him, and wish he was still here doing his beautiful work. I think I have mostly all of his books that were available when I began ordering online back in 2009.

He begins with a history of invasions of Spain—North Africans in the south, Gauls and Celts in the north. And there were also Greeks, Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Romans, Goths—oh, my—poor Spain! In 711 CE, Arabs invaded the peninsula, and by mid-century, the Moors, or Saracens, had conquered the Near East, North Africa, southern Italy and Spain. He writes, "As they advanced, they absorbed the varied cultures that they encountered, thus preserving the arts and sciences during the Middle Ages." He also says that the native inhabitants welcomed the Moors and converted to Islam because they brought order to the volatile lands.

And so, by finding many of these pictures in books I owned, plus doing a little online research, and using Tierney's guidelines for colors, I think my pages turned out quite well. In addition to the long historical range, he also drew peoples from many different walks of life, from farmers, laborers, common people, and on up. Lots of gold trim in this one. I had to keep my boxes of metallic crayons and pencils handy! As usual, choosing what to post was difficult, as I liked so many, and there were so many varieties of costumes portrayed. In the end, I settled on nine, plus one accessory page. Hope you enjoy them as much as I did. With each page is provided a bold-face label of who is in the picture, plus an approximate date. Following that is a sentence or two describing their clothing. I will just include the label.

Page 7: Carolingian Soldier and Nobleman, ca. 800
Page 9: Ninth-Century Moorish Couple from Cordoba
Page 15: Farmers, Thirteenth Century

Ninth-Century Moorish Couple from Cordoba

Farmers, Thirteenth Century

Carolingian Soldier and Nobleman

Page 21: Countess and King, ca 1350
Page 25: A Noble Couple, ca. 1420
Page 31: Moorish Saracens, Fifteenth Century

A Noble Couple

Moorish Saracens

Countess and King

Page 40: A Lady and her Maid, Late 1500s
Page 41: Two Gentlemen, Late Sixteenth Century
Page 45: Court Costume, ca. 1660-1670

Two Gentlemen

Court Costume

A Lady and her Maid

Page 47: Spanish and Moorish Hats, Hairstyles, and Footwear

A Lady and her Maid

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