Version 1 copy with signature-seal combination



(Publication Date)

Currently Documented Marking Variations:
Title-caption: ツヽヂ, tsutsuji, 'azalea'
All Copies: (lower right margin)

Production Date: 昭和十四年五月作 (May 1939)
All Copies: (lower left margin)

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

Signature and Seal: 蒲堂, Ho-dou [artist]; 竹村, Take-mura [publisher]
Copies of version 1 are currently documented only with a signature and seal combination.

Design History:
This design is one of several in a small series of garden flowers which Hodo created for Takemura. Although this series was in direct imitation of Maria Gabo's Western Flowers Series, this particular design does not have a direct counterpart in that series.

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 labeled with its original publication date.

Species Illustrated:
Azalea, Rhododendron x hybrida, is today usually written 躑躅, つつじ, ツツジ, tsutsuji, lit. 'rhododendron'. The version of the title here is not incorrect but now seems old-fashioned. The variety shown is a variegated complex garden hybrid.

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