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.

Unusually for the supplemental set, the overlay image for wfx9 is the same species used for the backround image. A silhouette of the entire dahlia composition of wf38 is used as the background image, and the background itself is left uninked. Although the overlay image appears at first to be an entirely new dahlia composition, one of the bud spikes is very similar to one in wf33.

The wfx9 design is printed in three colors: the background silhouette in very light gray; the overlay silhouette (and accents on the background silhouette) in pale blue-gray; and additional highlights only on the overlay 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 and Overlay: Dahlia, Dahlia hybrid cultivars

Related Designs:
Other Dahlia Designs:
wf38 wf33 wf32 wf39 wfx8 wf42 wfx10 Hodo/Takemura Version

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