Scottish born artist Elizabeth Keith (1887-1956) a self taught watercolor artist traveled to Japan in 1915 to visit her sister. Her short planned visit turned into a nine year stay. She traveled across Asia and when she returned to Tokyo and in 1919 she held a small exhibition at the Peers Club of her watercolors which caught the attention of Watanabe Shozaburo. Watanabe persuaded Keith to allow his carvers and printers to produce woodblock prints of some of her paintings. From 1919 to 1939 Watanabe published slightly over one hundred Elizabeth Keith woodcuts depicting scenes and peoples of Japan, Korea, China and other Asian countries. She returned to England in 1924 but frequently returned to Japan till 1939 when the mobilization for the Second World War forced her return permanently to England.
Very scarce woodblock print “Ai to Shiro” (Blue and White) by Elizabeth Keith was published by Shozaburo Watanabe. This print is my favorite print which is very sophisticated and elegant. You see Hokusai's "Great wave" print on the wall and beautiful blue and white plates on the shelf in store's showcase in Kyoto. Kimono lady has blue and white umbrella and fan. Obi sash is beautifully embossed. The beautiful black hair adds very nice contrast with the overall blue color scheme.This print has most Japanese mood by blue and white colors. This print is at several museums in Japan. Printed on handmade mulberry paper with full margins. Once tipped on the bottom of verso. Very strong impression with fine colors. A prime example Elizabeth Keith's work.
Paper size: 11 and 5/8 by 16 and 1/8 inches (29.5 x 41 cm)
Image size: 10 and 7/8 by 14 and 7/8 inches (27.5 x 37.5 cm)
Sheet number: N/A (Edition size 100)
Date: Printed ca. 1925
Signed: Artist signed "Elizabeth Keith" by pencil on the bottom of image.
Condition: Outstanding condition. Once tipped on the bottom of verso. Drying hole on the margin.
Very scarce woodblock print “Wayside Bridge, Peking” by Elizabeth Keith (1887 - 1956) was published by Shozaburo Watanabe. Printed on handmade mulberry paper with full margins. Very serene image with soft colors. Although the print is beautiful as is, Keith's intricate and fine details illustrated such as the observers on the bridge and the detailed pattern of the woman's clothes brings together the warm atmoshpere in China.A great example of Elizabeth Keith's masterpieces.
Paper size: 14 and 5/8 by 9 and 3/4 inches (37 x 25 cm)
Image size: 13 and 3/8 by 8 and 5/8 inches (34 x 22 cm)
Sheet number: N/A
Date: Printed ca. 1925
Signed: Artist signed "Elizabeth Keith" by pencil on the lower right of image and bottom margin.
Condition: Outstanding condition. Very minor paper toning on the margin. A drying hole in upper right corner margin.