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Taj Mahal at Dawn

Taj Mahal at Dawn
by Bartlett Charles

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Artist: Bartlett Charles
Title: Taj Mahal at Dawn
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: 43129
Notes (1st edition)?“The Tag-Mahal. Agra. India./ The Tomb of an Emperor's wife./ The calm of an Indian dawn.” – Comment taken from Bartlett’s sketchbook, as quoted in “A Printmaker in Paradise”, by R. Milles and J. Saville.
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:

Excellent impression and condition. Narrow right margin can be matted.

Vibrant colors, clean margins to edge, no tape remnants. No noticeable foxing or toning.

Signed in graphite in lower left margin "Charles W Bartlett" with monogram in block printed in blue ink Lower left image "TAJ MAHAL. 1916" inscribed in a cartouche. Copyright stamp in red lower left image.

APPROXIMATE Print dimensions: (side to side) 15 9/16 inches by (top to bottom) 11 1/16 inches.

APPROXIMATE Image dimensions: (side to side) 15 1/16 inches by (top to bottom) 10 3/8 inches.

Back has penciled price and mounting notes.

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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