We are offering here a second 19th century watercolor view of Japan's Mount Fuji with an interesting provenance. This beautiful and delicate ink view shows the sacred mountain in clouds and was sent as a Christmas card by either Eliza Scidmore (of Washington DC cherry trees fame) and her brother George together or by their mother Eliza Catherine Scidmore in 1898 from Yokohama Japan.
"Eliza Scidmore was a journalist, world traveler, author, photographer, lecturer, art expert, plant enthusiast, and National Geographic board member--all at a time when women were expected to stay home. She loved Japan and the Japanese blossoming cherry tree, which she called "the most beautiful thing in the world." The landmark cherry trees of Washington, D.C. are there because of one amazing and determined woman, Eliza Scidmore!" Andrea Zimmerman
"Her interest in travel was aided by her brother, George Hawthorne Scidmore, a career diplomat who served in the Far East from 1884 to 1922. Eliza was often able to accompany her brother on assignments and his diplomatic position gave her entree into regions inaccessible to ordinary travelers." Wikipedia
The date of Christmas 1898 would work for both mother and daughter. Eliza Catherine was widowed in 1898 and thus free to travel to be with her daughter and son in Japan.
Ink and color on stiff paper (probably cardstock). 3 7/8" x 5 1/2". Condition: Top right corner bumped. Very very faint age discoloration to paper.
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Antique Japanese Painting Mount Fuji American Christmas Provenance Scidmore