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Celyon

Celyon
by Bartlett Charles

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Artist: Bartlett Charles
Title: Celyon
Series: 
Date 1st edition?1916
Publisher 1st edition?Watanabe Shozaburo 渡辺
Publisher (this edition)?Watanabe Shozaburo 渡辺
Medium (1st edition): Woodblock
Medium (this edition): Woodblock
Format (1st edition): Oban
Format (this edition): Oban
DB artwork code: 34609
Notes (1st edition)?Exceptional, rare 1916 colour woodblock print, "Ceylon," or "Catamarans in a Twilight Breeze" by important British/American printmaker Charles W. Bartlett (1860-1940).

This 1916 print is regarded as one of Bartlett's finest works. It is signed in red pencil in the margin lower left. It usually bears the Watanabe publisher seal in the lower left corner and the title, date, artist's monogram, and copyright mark are carved in the block lower right.

It measures 11 1/8" x 16 1/8" (paper size).
Notes (this edition)?The following information was taken from the original web listing of this artwork. Often written by non-experts, there may be inaccuracies:

Vividly colorful Asian early print. I have limited experiance and can contribute only as I see it. There is some discoloration at the edges of the paper , the entire picture is basicly unblemished ;what is I understand conservitors can restore. Overall quality I feel is good .

Artist Bio: Charles William Bartlett (1860-1940) was one of the first artists to work with the publisher Watanabe Shozaburo. Bartlett studied at the Royal Academy in London and at Academie Julian in Paris. Until his travels to Japan, Ceylon, Indonesia, and China in 1913, Bartlett worked primarily as a landscape and genre painter. In 1915 he met famous print publisher Watanabe, with whom he collaborated on the publication of a number of "shin hanga" style colour woodblock prints during the next decade, using Watanabe's studio to carve and create his own woodblocks. Bartlett designed 38 woodblock prints for Watanabe, beginning in 1916 and lasting through 1925. Twenty-two of these prints were produced within the first year, many with the date 1916 carved into the key block. The first series of prints consisted of six Indian scenes plus a cover print of the Taj Mahal. This was followed by a series of six Japanese scenes. Many of Bartlett's prints and etchings were scenes from his travels through Southeast Asia, China, and later Hawaii. After 1917, Bartlett settled in Hawaii where he remained for the rest of his life.

It is little known that in actual fact Bartlett commissioned Watanabe to publish his 38 scenes, rather than being an artist working for Watanabe, and from his base in Hawaii Bartlett held a very tight reign over Watanabe's production of each scene, requesting numerous fine colour changes for each scene. Because each of the scenes were commissioned and thus paid for by Bartlett , he maintained ownership of all the woodblocks, which were shipped back to Hawaii after each edition and are still kept in Hawaii even to this day.

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