Version I

Version III (with later So-un markings)

IRIS (イリス)
Iris (irisu)

Version III (with later incorrect Hodo/Takemura markings)

Version III (with later incorrect Hodo/Takemura markings)

[modern notecard reproduction]



Temporary Number

wf8


ADDITIONAL NOTES FOR THIS DESIGN
Currently Documented Version Characteristics:
Version I: [no signature] [no seal] [title-caption in lower margin] (example upper left)
Version II: [no signature] [no seal] [no title-caption in lower margin] (not illustrated)
Version III: [signature] [seal] [no title-caption in lower margin] (with later So-un markings, example upper right)
Version III: [signature] [seal] [no title-caption in lower margin] (with later incorrect Hodo/Takemura markings, examples lower left and right)

[For illustration of seals, see the Seals article.]

Design History:
This design was part of the original series of forty-eight designs completed by October 1931 and was also included in later reprintings. The example images were taken with different cameras and under different lighting conditions. However, Version III copies typically do differ somewhat in printing technique and ink color from earlier version copies. In this instance Version I has a pale green background with medium gray bokashi at the bottom while the later version III variants have uninked backgrounds.

A Version III copy with Hodo/Takemura markings has been adapted as a modern notecard reproduction with more vibrant colors.

The silhouette of wf8 is also used as the background element in a supplemental set design, wfx3.

Species Illustrated:
Two varieties of iris are shown, on the left is a Dutch iris type, and on the right is a large bearded iris type; both Iris hybrids. The other iris types in the primary Rakusan series are the old Japanese varieties rather than these.


Related Designs:
Other Iris Designs:
wfx3

For additional iris designs in the primary Rakusan series see 23.