Version I Version III (with So-un markings)
DAHLIA (ダリア) [caption as printed]
Dahlia (daria)

Temporary Number


Currently Documented Version Characteristics:
Version I: [no signature] [no seal] [title-caption in lower margin] (example on 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] (example on right, shown with So-un markings)

[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 under different conditions. However, Version III copies typically do differ somewhat in printing technique and ink color from earlier version copies. The background on Version I has an overall pale whitish-green bokashi not present in the entirely uninked background of the later versions. (The Version III copy illustrated here is badly faded.)

The silhouette of the upper left blossom of wf42 is also used as the overlay element in a supplemental set design, wfx10.

This is one of five designs featuring varieties of dahlia in the primary series, all with identical title-captions. There is also a corresponding dahlia design in the Hodo/Takemura Floral Series (see below).

Species Illustrated:
Dahlia, Dahlia hybrid cultivars; The dahlia also has a Japanese name, 天竺牡丹 tenjikubotan, lit. 'Indian peony'.

Related Designs:

Other Dahlia Designs:
wfx10 wf32 wf33 wf38 wfx9 wf39 wfx8 Hodo/Takemura Version

For additional dahlia designs in the primary Rakusan series see 94.