立葵 tachi-aoi Hollyhock
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ADDITIONAL NOTES FOR THIS DESIGN
Currently Documented Version Characteristics:
|Title-caption (upper right margin):
||立葵, tachi-aoi, 'hollyhock'
|Takemura Copyright (lower right margin):
版権所有 竹村秀雄, han ken sho yu Takemura Hideo, ‘printing rights held by Takemura Hideo’.
|[Versions are documented both with and without the Hodo signature and Takemura seal. The illustration above is the original version without these markings.]
This design is one of several in a small series of garden flowers which Hodo created for Takemura. This series was in direct imitation of Maria Gabo's Western Flowers Series
, and this particular design has a direct counterpart in that series which was used as a model for the Hodo design (see below).
Because there are almost certainly additional designs which remain to be documented, this series has not yet been assigned sequence numbers. For now the design is arbitrarily labeled with an alphabetic character since there is no publication date included in the margin.
Hollyhock, Alcea (Althaea) rosea
, 立(ち)葵, たちあおい, タチアオイ, tachi-aoi
, lit. 'erect mallow', is a familiar garden plant in Japan and around the world.
Hollyhock was first imported into Japan from China hundreds of years ago, and the plant became important in Japanese cultural life.
Many color variations and flower forms have been developed by Japanese breeders.
|Western Flowers version