百日紅に緋連雀 (初秋)

sarusuberi ni hirenjaku (shoshuu)

Crepe Myrtle and Japanese Waxwings (Early Autumn)

サルスベリにヒレンジャク (初秋)


Original Number

74


ADDITIONAL NOTES FOR THIS DESIGN
Currently Documented Edition Signature and Seal Markings:
Edition I: 楽山居 Raku-zan Kyo + Seal A

[For illustration of seals listed by seal code letter, see the Seals article. For edition characteristics applicable to this series as a whole, see the Edition article.]

Design History:
This woodblock print was produced from an original painting on silk dating from the late 1920s whose current location is unknown. The indentification of this design as number 74 is original to Rakusan who published the print as the 74th design in his series of one hundred woodblock prints called 楽山花鳥畫譜 Rakuzan Kachou Gafu, lit. 'Rakusan's Flower and Bird Print Series'. Initial edition I publication of 74 was in May 1932 (or perhaps slightly later) in installment thirty-seven (of fifty). Because this design appeared late in the series, 74 may not have been reprinted before the series completion in 1933, and only the initial print run of about 200 copies comprises edition I. The copy illustrated here is typical of edition I. No later edition printings of 74 are currently known.

Species Illustrated:
Crepe Myrtle (Crape Myrtle), Lagerstroemia indica, is an ornamental small tree or shrub now commonly grown in many countries, including Japan. The Japanese name originally given to Japanese Crepe Myrtle, Lagerstroemia fauriei, 百日紅, 猿滑, さるすべり, サルスベリ, sarusuberi, has been extended to apply to any of the crepe myrtle species and hybrids. The intense pink color of the blossoms here indicate at least partial Lagerstroemia indica ancestry.

Japanese Waxwing, Bombycilla japonica, 緋連雀, ひれんじゃく, ヒレンジャク, hi-renjaku, lit. 'scarlet(-tailed) waxwing', often winters in Japan.


Related Designs:
Other designs with species of waxwing:
44alt 44