The Child and the Umbrella

Mortimer Menpes



Source: Japan, A Record in Colour, facing p. 148

Two of Menpes's favourite themes combined: a Japanese girl holding aloft a Japanese waxed paper umbrella. It almost looks like a halo here, and indeed he saw the children here very idealistically "I have never seen a child in Japan cry; nor have I ever seen one smacked, for what mother can have the heart to touch so dainty a blossom as the child flower of this land of flowers?" (147). — Jacqueline Banerjee

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