Silk Merchants, India

Silk Merchants, India

An English painter and printmaker, Charles W. Bartlett (1860-1940) visited in Japan in 1915 (on his way around the world), and met woodblock print publisher Watanabe Shōzaburō (1885–1962), who was interested in producing new, original prints. He saw Bartlett’s watercolors and suggested they create woodblock prints. The first group included six scenes from India. In 1917, Charles Bartlett and his wife left Japan for England but stopped off in Hawaii, where they remained for the rest of their lives, in what one writer describes as “a hermitage in a lush green valley.” I love trees, shade, dappled sunlight and Japanese woodblock prints, and so this is a real treat.

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