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White Peacock

Helen Hyde

American Art

Many aspects of Helen Hyde's career parallel that of Bertha Lum. Both artists lived in Japan (although it seems that they were not acquainted), studied with local masters, created woodcuts in a Japanese manner, and achieved commercial success. Ironically, despite Hyde's relatively unconventional life as an unmarried professional woman, she favored what were considered typically "feminine" subjects of mothers and children in her art.

MEDIUM Color woodcut on cream, thin, slightly textured laid paper
DATES 1914
DIMENSIONS Other (Folder): 14 1/4 x 19 5/8 in. (36.2 x 49.9 cm) Sheet: 11 1/16 x 15 3/8 in. (28.1 x 39.1 cm) Image: 8 3/4 x 10 7/16 in. (22.3 x 26.5 cm)  (show scale)
SIGNATURE Signed in plate, upper right corner, etched: "HH"/ "[artist's seal of a four leafed clover]"; in plate, lower left corner, in graphite "[illeg]"/ etched: "copyright, 1914, by Helen Hyde."l; in plate, lower right, in graphite: "Helen Hyde".
INSCRIPTIONS Inscribed, in plate, upper right corner, etched: "HH"/ "[artist's seal of a four leafed clover]"; in plate, lower left corner, in graphite "[illeg]"/ etched: "copyright, 1914, by Helen Hyde."l; in plate, lower right, in graphite: "Helen Hyde"; lower left corner of sheet, in graphite: "original / White Peacock"; lower right corner of sheet, in graphite: "Helen Hyde / U.S.A. 1863-1919".
COLLECTIONS American Art
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
ACCESSION NUMBER 83.244.3
CREDIT LINE Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Peter P. Pessutti
RIGHTS STATEMENT No known copyright restrictions
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CAPTION Helen Hyde (American, 1868-1919). White Peacock, 1914. Color woodcut on cream, thin, slightly textured laid paper, Other (Folder): 14 1/4 x 19 5/8 in. (36.2 x 49.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Peter P. Pessutti, 83.244.3
IMAGE overall, 83.244.3_PS1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Three Japanese girls stand at lower right beside a blossoming cherry tree staring at a peacock and peahen. Condition: excellent, some staining in border. Arrived matted.
RECORD COMPLETENESS Best (84%)
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