Version I
BERMUDA.LILY (バームダリリー) [caption as printed]
Bermuda Lily (baamudaririi)
Version III (with later So-un markings) Version III (with later incorrect Hodo/Takemura markings; paper badly toned)

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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 lower left)
Version III: [signature] [seal] [no title-caption in lower margin] (with later incorrect Hodo/Takemura markings, example lower 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. However, Version III copies typically do differ somewhat in printing technique and ink color from earlier version copies. There are three different background treatments. The lower background in versions I and II is a very pale green, overall bokashi. Later variants either have limited bokashi as a halo around the blossoms (lower left), or an uninked background (lower right).

Unfortunately, neither of the available version III examples illustrated here is in perfect condition. The brownish tones in the top flower of the example at lower left are due to later oxidation of the less expensive white pigment used by the time Version III was printed. The example at lower right has been margin-trimmed, and the originally pale creamy white paper is badly toned.

The design of the Easter Lily in the Hodo/Takemura Floral Series was closely copied from this print (see below)

Species Illustrated:
Although at the time much cultivated in Bermuda (whence its name), Bermuda Lily (also called Easter Lily), Lilium longiflorum is actually an Asian species native to Taiwan and the Japanese Ryukyu Islands. Therefore its inclusion here as a 'Western' flower is surprising. It also has a native Japanese name 鉄砲百合, てっぽうゆり, テッポウユリ, teppouyuri., lit. 'iron-cannon lily' (from the flaring shape of the muzzle).

Related Designs:
Hodo/Takemura version