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Book Illustration, The Book of Delightful and Strange Designs, Being One Hundred Facsimile Illustrations of the Art of the Japanese Stencil-Cutter, Japanese stencil design number 3, ca. 1893

This is a Book Illustration. It was collected by Andrew White Tuer and published by Leadenhall Press. It is dated ca. 1893. Its medium is lithography, paper. It is a part of the Smithsonian Libraries department.

Andrew White Tuer, a British publisher, printer, author, typographer, and inventor, formed a partnership with Abraham Field in 1862 to create Tuer & Field, a wholesale stationery business in London. Tuer and fellow printer Thomas Hailing later developed trade publications with the goal of improving the craft of printing. In 1879, they established Leadenhall Press, which by 1900 had published more than 400 beautifully printed titles, including this facsimile set of plates of Japanese stencils. The art of Japanese stencil cutting for dying textiles, known as katagami, dates back to the Nara period (8th century). This work consists of 100 intricately delineated and cut stencils—several with flowing curvilinear lines as well as patterns inspired by nature.

It is credited Collection of Smithsonian Institution Libraries.

Its dimensions are

H x W: 18.5 × 43.5 cm (7 5/16 × 17 1/8 in.)

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