Kingfisher (no. I)
© Robert Gillmor, North Light

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Kingfisher (no. I) about 1908
Seaby learned directly from the Japanese woodcut artist Yoshijuro Urushibara who arrived in Britain in 1908. Urushibara was initially involved in preparations for the Japan-British Exhibition of 1910 in London, but remained in Britain after this, working with the artist Frank Brangwyn and teaching traditional Japanese woodcut techniques to artists and students, including Seaby. This is a tranquil depiction of a kingfisher resting on a branch overlooking a stream. The bare branches of the shrubbery are reflected in the surface of the river creating an intricately patterned background.

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Woodcut

A print made from an image carved into a block of wood cut along the grain. Blank areas are cut away leaving an image in relief from which a print is made.

Woodcut

Details

  • Acc. No. GMA 547
  • Medium Colour woodcut on paper
  • Size 15.30 x 20.00 cm (paper 16.60 x 21.30 cm)
  • Credit Purchased 1949