Helen Hyde (1868-1919)
Torii at Nikko, July 1908
15 x 11.37 in (38.10 x 28.88 cm)
8828 / INV. # 02216656
Condition: Fine condition and color. Arriving in Japan at the turn of the century, Helen Hyde was in the first in a wave of foreign female artists to establish a foothold in Japan. While she is mostly known for her prodigious output of woodblock prints created in Japan, she also studied painting under Kano Tomonobu while in Japan. It was Tomonobu who urged Hyde to submit three of her ink paintings to a joint exhibition of two painting societies in 1901. One of her large works, A Monarch of Japan, was awarded first prize. In this watercolor, a child plays among abandoned millstones and stone lanterns near one of the many gardens and temples in and about Nikko. Helen Hyde established her residence at the home of a Buddhist priest in Nikko, and this location may have been on the grounds around her residence.