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Celebrated both as a painter and as a printmaker, Menpes reached a wide public through a series of illustrated travel books published between 1901 and 1918 by A. and C. Black; for seven of these he supplied the text himself, while seven others had text by his daughter Dorothy, including The World in Pictures (1902) in which the present work is illustrated. Its subject is the Yu Yuan gardens in the old city of Shanghai. Founded in the Ming dynasty, these gardens contain intricate multi-roofed pavilions and rockwork linked by zigzag bridges; they are depicted here by Menpes before their extensive rebuilding in the twentieth century.
For a number of his pictures Menpes designed his own distinctive frames, which were made by Japanese craftsmen with broad expanses of ribbed wood, sometimes covered with canvas or silk.
Engraved: drypoint etching 20 x 25.5 cm, 1906-8, illd. in Gary Morgan, The Etched Works of Mortimer Menpes, vol 2, 2012, 84, no. 258
|Height||31.80 cm||(12.52 inches)|
|Width||39.40 cm||(15.51 inches)|
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34 Bury Street