Lot 159
Elizabeth Keith (British, 1887-1956), Two Woodblock Prints
Lot Details & Additional Photographs
The first: Ying Lin Monastery, China (1925), pencil signed in lower right corner; the second: St. Isabella Tower, Manila (1924), signed in red ink in lower right corner, matted and presented in identical silver wood framing

Sight size 15 3/4 x 11 in.; Frame dimensions 25 x 19 1/2 in. (the first); Sight size 16 x 11 1/4 in.; Frame dimensions 25 x 19 1/4 in. (the second)

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 good condition; both with some soft creases primarily in margins; Manila print with some light toning; frames with scratches and some losses, not examined out of frames.

$1,000 - 1,500