Temporary Number


Currently Documented Version Characteristics:
Version I: [no signature] [no seal] [no title-caption in lower margin] (example above)

Design History:
The designs of the supplemental set are greatly simplified images typically of the same kinds of plants illustrated in the main series. The plants are shown as two primary silhouettes accented with highlight colors, one as an overlay on the other. One of these silhouettes (usually the backgrounded one) copies the composition of a particular main series design.

In wfx12 a silhouette of the entire hollyhock composition of wf17 is used as the background image, and the background itself is left uninked. The overlay image for wfx12 is the same species of basket flower illustrated in wf43 in a partially similar but new arrangement. The overlay image includes a design flaw with the central blossom floating without a stem.

The wfx12 design is printed in three colors: the background silhouette in pale turquoise blue; the overlay silhouette (and accents on the background silhouette) in purple; and additional highlights on both in black. The overlay printing is partially translucent, and the underprinted color of the background shows through. These overlapping areas of color demonstrate that both parts were printed as complete (and independent) silhouettes.

Species Illustrated:
Background: Hollyhock, Alcea rosea hybrid cultivars

Overlay: Basket Flower, Centaurea cultivar

Related Designs:
Other Hollyhock Designs:
wf17 Hodo/Takemura version

For additional hollyhock designs in the primary Rakusan series see 13.

Other Basket Flower Designs:
wf43 Hodo/Takemura version