Elizabeth Keith

(England 1887 – 1956)

Bell Tower, Soochow

Location
Not on display
Further information

Elizabeth was born in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, and raised in London. She went to Japan in 1915 and stayed for nine years during which she travelled around Japan, Korea and China. According to Julia Meech, she met Watanabe Shôzaburô at an exhibition of her Korean watercolours in 1919. Watanabe asked her permission to produce prints from two of her paintings in the exhibition, which started their collaboration. In all, she produced over sixty colour designs for Watanabe.

Keith returned to England in 1924, but subsequently visited Tokyo twice in 1932-3 and 1935-6, still producing designs for Watanabe. This print of a scene in Soochow, China, is not dated, but another print of similar subject is dated 1935.

Keith is one of the several Western artists who travelled to Japan and worked in woodblock prints, such as Paul Jacqulet, Bertha Lum, Helen Hyde and others.

Asian Art Dept.
AGNSW 16 October 2001

Place of origin
Japan
Period
Japan: Shôwa period 1926–1988
Year
(1924)
Media
Print
Medium
colour woodcut
Dimensions
34.3 x 22.0 cm
Signature & date

Signed l.r. pencil "ElizabethKeith."
Not dated.

Credit
Gift of G F Williams 1995
Accession number
423.2001