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Tobacco Growing from the “New England Industries” Series

By: Designed by, Clare Leighton, American, born England, 1898 - 1989@Wedgwood, England, est. 1759

…Clare Leighton was a painter, wood-engraver, and author. She illustrated a number of books, including, in 1932, her own pioneering work about the process of wood engraving. During the 1940s, while she was living and teaching in North Carolina, Wedgwood commissioned Leighton to design a set of twelve creamware plates depicting the industries of New England. She traveled around the Northeastern states searching for potential subject matter. The resu…

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Bowl

By: Designed by, Susannah "Daisy" Makeig-Jones, British, 1881 - 1945@Wedgwood, England, est. 1759

…ays are seen disporting themselves among fantastic trees.” Fairyland remained popular until about 1929, and has experienced a revival among collectors today. Prior to her development of Fairyland Lustre, Makeig-Jones produced a number of “ordinary” lustre patterns that incorporated dragons, butterflies, birds, and Asian motifs. Today these are known specifically as Dragon Lustre or Butterfly Lustre, for example. They are not part of the Fairyland…

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Vase

By: Decorated by, Alfred Powell, British, 1865 - 1960, and@Ada Louise Powell, England, 1882 - 1956@Wedgwood, England, est. 1759

…studio, the couple—influenced by the Arts and Crafts Movement—introduced a number of natural styles that were easily adapted to industrial production at the factory. The Powells also held exhibitions of their work at their studio together with other Arts and Crafts artists, thereby promoting not only the ideals of the Movement, but their own Wedgwood wares as well. The couple also visited the Wedgwood factory often to purchase blanks and teach oth…

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Quail Feeding Amidst Susuki and Kikyo Pair of Six Panel Folding Screens

By: Matsumura Keibun, Japan, 1779 - 1843

…1811), and served as an attendant to Prince Shinnin, for whom he painted a number of private commissions. These screens depict a bevy of quail feeding by moonlight amidst susuki (Pampas grass) and kikyo (Chinese bellflowers). The flora evokes an autumnal mood with the heavy dew on the ground, depicted in silver and gold dust, and the shimmering light of the full moon, shown in pale gold foil. The screens are dated to 1830, reflecting the best of K…

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Les Portraits de MM. de Béthune jouant avec un chien (Portraits of Marquis Béthune’s Children Playing with a Dog)

By: François-Hubert Drouais, French, 1727 - 1775

…, lighthearted temperament of the Rococo period. The boys are Armand Louis II (b. 1756) and Armand Louis Jean (b. 1757), sons of Armand Louis I de Béthune. Members of the aristocracy enjoyed dressing their children up in costumes, which Drouais captured in a number of portraits. Here the artist luxuriates in the details of the boys’ elaborate attire: sumptuous velvet suits with slashed sleeves, silk ribbons, and lace collars and cuffs. The pug, be…

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The Crucifixion

By: Circle of, Hendrick Goltzius, Dutch, 1558 - 1617

…taken while work on the print was still in progress. It is one of a small number of proofs from Goltzius and his workshop. The figures on the three crosses and of the Virgin Mary are lightly sketched in, while John the Evangelist in the foreground, who looks up to Christ, is more fully completed. This is a very fine impression, with all of the rapidly etched areas cleanly printed. Proofs are greatly valued, as they offer an understanding of the c…

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Eight Views of the Sumida River: Returning Sails at Azuma Bridge, from the series Famous Places in Edo

By: Ando Hiroshige, Japanese, 1797 - 1858

…The Azuwa Bridge is one of 26 bridges that span the Sumida River as it wends its way through Tokyo. The bridge is near the Asakusa area of Tokyo, famous for the large number of Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines found there. And for the many festivals held in conjunction with these religious establishments. As such, the area also became famous as an entertainment area….

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Female Ancestor

By: China

…deceased forebear in religious ceremonies. They were created in plentiful numbers in workshops and some were recopied by later generations, which makes their dating somewhat difficult. A great number of these paintings were sold to Westerners, especially between 1920 and 1940, because of their popularity as decoration. Often the details of the costume are beautiful, with the embroideries and jewelry meticulously depicted. Such care was given to t…

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Sudden Shower over Shin-Ōhashi Bridge and Atake, from the series One Hundred Famous Views of Edo

By: Ando Hiroshige, Japanese, 1797 - 1858@Published by, Uo-ya Eikichi, Japan

Number 52 of 100 scenes of Edo (Tokyo), this is considered the masterpiece in this entire series and one of Hiroshige’s most famous rain scenes. Originally published in 1857, the composition exists in two versions. Which came first, however, has not been established. One version is as shown in this print. The other has two rafts to the right on the far shore, and the outline of the shadowy trees on the horizon is a little different. This is the l…

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Les toits de St. Séverin (The Roofs of St. Séverin)

By: Auguste Louis Lepère, French, 1849 - 1918

…the face and right leg of the child. Proof impressions, usually limited in number, are taken from the plate while it is in progress so the artist can check the image. Interestingly, trial proofs began to be preserved more frequently in the nineteenth century, perhaps in correlation with the renewed concept of artistically creative printmaking. Note that the artist did not wipe the plate completely clean before printing, but instead left broad swat…