Version 2 copy with signature-seal combination

Water Lily

no date g

(arbitrary identification)

Currently Documented Marking Variations:
Title-caption: 水蓮, suiren, 'water lily'
All Copies: (right margin)

Takemura Copyright: 版権所有 竹村秀雄, han ken sho yu Takemura Hideo, ‘printing rights held by Takemura Hideo’.
[No copies of Version 1 (lower left margin below date) are currently known]
Version 2: (lower right margin below title) [illustrated above]
[No copies of Version 3: (lower left margin) are currently known]
Version 4: (omitted)

Signature and Seal: 蒲堂, Ho-dou [artist]; 竹村, Take-mura [publisher]
Copies of version 2 are documented both with and without a signature and seal combination. All known copies version 4 have the combination.

Design History:
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 available.

Species Illustrated:
Water Lily, Nymphaea spp.,睡蓮, すいれん , スイレン, suiren, lit. 'sleepy lotus' is a familiar water garden plant in Japan and around the world. At least two hybrid varieties are illustrated here. The name variant used on this design, 水蓮, also suiren, lit. 'water lotus', is still used as a female given name but not currently for the plant.

Related Designs:
Western Flowers version