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Title

Bell Tower, Soochow

(1924)

Artist

Elizabeth Keith

England

1887 - 1956

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  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Japan
    Period
    Shôwa period 1926 - 1988 → Japan
    Date
    (1924)
    Media category
    Print
    Materials used
    colour woodcut
    Dimensions
    34.3 x 22.0 cm
    Signature & date

    Signed l.r. pencil "ElizabethKeith."
    Not dated.

    Credit
    Gift of G F Williams 1995
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    423.2001
    Artist information
    Elizabeth Keith

    Works in the collection

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  • About

    Elizabeth was born in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, and raised in London. She went to Japan in 1915 and stayed for nine years during which she travelled around Japan, Korea and China. According to Julia Meech, she met Watanabe Shôzaburô at an exhibition of her Korean watercolours in 1919. Watanabe asked her permission to produce prints from two of her paintings in the exhibition, which started their collaboration. In all, she produced over sixty colour designs for Watanabe.

    Keith returned to England in 1924, but subsequently visited Tokyo twice in 1932-3 and 1935-6, still producing designs for Watanabe. This print of a scene in Soochow, China, is not dated, but another print of similar subject is dated 1935.

    Keith is one of the several Western artists who travelled to Japan and worked in woodblock prints, such as Paul Jacqulet, Bertha Lum, Helen Hyde and others.

    Asian Art Dept.
    AGNSW 16 October 2001

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Japan