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Bartlett

Charles W. Bartlett

1860-1940

2nd Series. Japan: Negishi
(Negishi)

with artist's CWB monogram at lower left with title cartouche, NEGISHI.1916, signed below in red pencil Charles W. Bartlett with red copyright mark above and publisher's seal Watanabe on lower left margin

oban tate-e 14 3/4 by 9 3/4 in., 37.6 by 24.7 cm

A comparison with what few impressions of this print are extant reveals that there are some variations in the color palette. The dark purple building on the far left is also found printed brown or green; and when the building is green, the far figure holding an umbrella does not have color printed on the lower half. However, it appears that impressions with the circular 'Series No. Two' seal seem to correlate with the purple coloration as found on this example, and the presence of that seal indicates that this impression is very early as it would have originally sold as part of the Japan Series portfolio (Miles & Saville, p. 99).

References:
Meech, Japonisme: Graphic Arts in the 20th Century, in The New Wave, 1993, pp. 46-47
Merritt, Points of Contrast, 1993, pp. 36-39; p.65, no. 16
Yokohama Museum of Art, Eyes Towards Asia: Ukiyo-e Artists from Abroad, 1996, p. 81, no. 93
Miles & Saville, A Printmaker in Paradise: The Art and Life of Charles W. Bartlett, 2001, p. 117, no. 29
Koyama Shuko, Beautiful Shin Hanga- Revitalization of Ukiyo-e, Tokyo Metropolitan Edo-Tokyo Museum, 2009, p. 59, no 2-23

price: Sold

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