Lazzell had already completed the three wood-block prints
she had committed to during the first portion of her contract (January to February).
37-38: Joseph Lockett, an engraver for Broad Oak Printworks, Accrington, was responsible for the fashion for 'fancy machine-grounds' in the 1830s,where the whole back ground was covered with elaborately engraved diaper patterns used as a background to wood-block printed
* Have students try and count the number of blocks used in this (and other) wood-block prints
. They might also select one print and make tracings of each separate area of color to get a better idea of the process of multiple blocks.
One of the finest artists who made these things was Toyokuni and his work appearsin The Floating World of Ukiyo-E (Abrams: pounds 34) and if you have any Christmas book tokens as yet unredeemed, I suggest you treat yourself to this splendid book which shows some marvellous pictures of the actors along with wood-block prints
depicting courtesans, sports and past times and the landscapes of Edo, all part of a long--vanished Japan.