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India Nautch Dancers

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India Nautch Dancers
by Bartlett Charles

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Artist: Bartlett Charles
Title: India Nautch Dancers
Series: 
Date 1st edition?1923-1927
Publisher 1st edition?Not Set
Publisher (this edition)?Not Set
Medium (1st edition): Etching
Medium (this edition): Etching
Format (1st edition): Chuban
Format (this edition): Chuban
DB artwork code: 44087
Notes (1st edition)?Nautch Dancing Girls and Musicans, Northern India.

According to "A Printmaker in Paradise"; circa 1923-27, edition size of 75.

APPROXIMATE largest dimension: 7 7/8 x 12 inche.
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:

Nautch Dancing Girls and Musicans, Northern India.

According to "A Printmaker in Paradise"; circa 1923-27, edition size unknown although probably 75.

The print is number 7 of 75, making it is an early print. It has a strong etching impression and fresh vibrant detailed hand coloring in watercolors.

APPROXIMATE largest dimension: 7 7/8 x 12 inche.

Tape remnants on back margins. Toning along edge of print, masked by matte.

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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