Night Scene in Peking

Night Scene in Peking

Artist:  Elizabeth Keith

Date:  1922

Size:  15″ x 10″

Medium:  Colored Woodblock Print

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Elizabeth Keith (1887-1956) was born in England and moved to London with her family in 1898. In 1915 she visited her younger sister in Japan where her intended holiday lasted nine years. During her stay she traveled widely making trips to Korea, China, the Philippines and throughout Japan. She prided herself on being self-taught and while exhibiting her Korean watercolors in 1919 they caught the eye of Shozaburo Watanabe who urged her to translate them into print form. With Watanabe’s help, she produced over one hundred signed prints, which were very successful in Japan, London and Paris. Keith returned to England in 1924 where she studied color etching. In 1927 her watercolor entitled, “Korean Bride” was exhibited at the Royal Academy. In 1932 Keith returned to Japan where her sister, Jessie, helped promote her works. With war looming, Keith returned to England in 1936 and traveled to America where she had sold-out exhibitions in 1937. After the war, she renewed her working relationship with Watanabe. In 1956, the year of her death, there was a solo-show of her works in Tokyo, which included 59 woodblock prints and 8 colored etchings. She lived in England in her later years and was a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. Shown is a colored woodblock print, signed in the lower right corner,” Elizabeth Keith” and dated “1922.”