Version 2 copy with signature-seal combination Original Western Flowers Version III copy (with later incorrect Hodo-Takemura markings)

[Western] Iris

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(arbitrary identification)

Currently Documented Marking Variations:
Title-caption: あやめ, ayame, 'iris'
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 and version 4 are 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 is the only one which was adapted by Takemura by simply recarving the original Maria Gabo design and adding Hodo-Takemura markings. In this instance no case can be made that Hodo was the creator of the design, and he was at most the copyist. (See the link below for more information and images of the original design from which the Takemura design was recarved.)

Recently the recarved design has been adapted as a greeting card which has added space at the top and is slightly cropped on each of the other three sides:

modern adapted notecard

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:
The modern generic name for any iris, Iris spp., is 菖蒲, あやめ, アヤメ, ayame, 'iris'. The original Western Flowers Series design was titled IRIS (イリス), including a katakana transcription of the English name reading irisu. It shows a Dutch iris type on the left and a large, bearded iris type on the right (both Western garden hybrid Iris). This copied Hodo-Takemura recarved design was given the title あやめ, ayame, 'iris'. The other Hodo-Takemura design featuring Japanese native Iris ensata was given the same title spelled differently, 菖蒲, ayame, 'iris' (see link below).

Related Designs:
Other Iris Designs:
original Western Flowers version Supplement version

Japanese Iris (Hodo-Takemura series)