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Charles W. Bartlett, (English, 1860-1940)

2nd Series. Japan: Ushibuse

Color woodblock print. The artist's CWB monogram in the composition at lower left, with title cartouche, USHIBUSE, 1916. Signed in red-brown pencil on bottom margin, Charles W. Bartlett. The publisher's vertical seal Watanabe on left margin, and round circular seal SERIES No. TWO at lower left corner.

25.5 by 38.5 cm

Alternate title: The Sleeping Buddha

In 1916, Watanabe published a total of twenty-two Bartlett prints. He began with Indian subjects; the first six were presented in a portfolio titled 1st Series. India. This was followed by a portfolio of six Japanese subjects, titled 2nd Series. Japan. All four prints presented here are from the Japan series, although it is understood that Watanabe offered the prints as a set within the portfolio as well as individual impressions. The presence of the series stamp on this print indicates this particular impression came from one of the portfolio sets.

Meech, Japonisme: Graphic Arts in the 20th Century, in The New Wave, 1993, pp. 46-47
Merritt, Points of Contrast, 1993, pp. 36-39
Yokohama Museum of Art, Eyes Towards Asia: Ukiyo-e Artists from Abroad, 1996, p. 83, no. 96
Miles & Saville, A Printmaker in Paradise: The Art and Life of Charles W. Bartlett, 2001, p. 119, no. 32


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