A By-Canal

Mortimer Menpes



Source: Japan, A Record in Colour, facing p. 152

In his chapter on "Workers," Menpes depicts some of the traditional callings of the Japanese — just as he would do on his trip to India in 1903. Craftsmen interested him most, but he noted more generally that "the coolie and the workman in Japan live on next to nothing" (162), yet practised the same courtesies as their social superiors. — Jacqueline Banerjee

  • On the Great Canal, Osaka
  • A Tranquil Water-Way
  • The Venice of Japan
  • Swinging along in the Sun
  • Menpes's watercolours of India
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