elizabeth-keith-british-1887-1956-two-woodblock-prints
Lot 158
Elizabeth Keith (British, 1887-1956), Two Woodblock Prints
Lot Details & Additional Photographs
To include Outside Chang Man Gate, Peking, China (1925) and Kongo in Okino (1936), each signed at lower right, matted and presented in similar framing.

Sheet size 13 1/2 x 18 1/2 in. (the first; examined out of frame); Frame dimensions 20 1/2 x 25 in. (the other oriented vertically)

From the Collection of Ethel Christian Bohnet, San Antonio, Texas

Elizabeth Keith was born in Scotland and was a self-taught artist. She practiced the traditional Japanese style of woodblock printing and watercolors. Her sister married a publisher who worked in Tokyo, so she visited in 1915. Though she had only intended on a brief sojourn in Japan, Keith stayed for nine years to study and practice printmaking, and she later published her first woodblock prints with some success.

American artist Helen Hyde was also working in Japan simultaneously, and she influenced Keith's work. During Keith's time in the East, she traveled throughout Asia depicting the subjects she encountered on her travels. Keith's work was well received in the United States and Britain. She returned to Britain in 1924, then returned again to Japan and other areas of Asia in the early 1930s until the onset of World War II.

Prints in overall good condition; one examined out of frame having light toning and soft creases primarily in margins; the second unexamined out of frame.

$1,000 - 1,500