A Sign-Painter's

Mortimer Menpes



Source: Japan, A Record in Colour, facing p. 178

As usual, Menpes found Japanese painters in general considerably better than the English ones, with whom he had "a great deal of trouble" on his return (196). Having educated a foreman and one of the men to apply the colour exactly as he wanted, he feared that he had unfitted these English workmen for future work. Differences in tools, methods, materials and of course style, were all striking. [Commentary continues below.]

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