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 wfx6 a silhouette of the entire rose composition of wf3 is used as the background image, and the background itself is left uninked. Uniquely for the supplemental set, the overlay image for wfx6 is also derived in part from the same design used for the backround image. Although the overlay image appears at first to be an entirely new composition, only the foliage is new, and the central blossom is copied directly from wf3.

The wfx6 design is printed in three colors: the background silhouette in greenish white; the overlay silhouette in rose-pink; and accents only on the overlay in darker rose-pink. 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 and Overlay: Rose, Rosa hybrid cultivars

Related Designs:
Other Rose Designs:
wf3 wf49

For additional rose designs in the primary Rakusan series see 7.