The Italian Lakes - Lago di Como by Ella du Cane, circa 1912 book colour print
The Italian Lakes Lago di Como by Ella du Cane by SylverZone, £8.99
“A Shrine at Kyomidzu” by Ella Du Cane really shows off some of the wonderfully meticulous and seemingly natural planning that goes into a traditional Japanese garden.
With the pine tree peaking over the edge of a cliff, “Lilies on the Rocks, Atami” by Ella Du Cane brings to mind a scene from the original Karate Kid. One of the trees tended by Mr Myagi was growing on a small cliff face near the sea.
“The Pagoda, Kyomidzu” by Ella Du Cane shows the traditional building style of ancient Japan to great effect. Although partially hidden by a cherry tree, the subject of the painting rises majestically above and almost compels you to move closer. A wonderfully simple and yet deceptively detailed image.
“Azaleas” by Ella Du Cane from "The Flowers and Gardens of Japan". Azaleas were chosen with great effect for their gorgeous displays and used to finish of many a set piece in old Japanese gardens. The owners of these gardens would often use the tranquillity of their gardens to relax after a hard day.
“Chrysanthemums, Kyoto” by Ella Du Cane shows how even the smallest of garden plots were lovingly tended by their owners. The owner, a fishmonger, was famed for his chrysanthemums and loved to show them off to visitors.
Out of all the book plate prints recovered from "The Flowers and Gardens of Japan", “Pine Tree at Matsushima” by Ella Du Cane is quite simply my favourite. The graceful majesty of the ancient pine tree is carefully located where the view over a lake is beautifully framed. A wonderful image.
“Irises, Horikiri” by Ella Du Cane. Dressed in traditional costume, two Japanese ladies enjoy a walk around one of Japan's famous gardens.
“An Old Garden” by Ella Du Cane shows the care and dedication the old-school Japanese gardeners gave to their gardens. Stunningly beautiful, this print shows how much attention to detail Ella gave to her paintings.
“The Storks” by Ella Du Cane is one of my personal favourite prints from "The Flowers and Gardens of Japan". It is a very peaceful image, and for me it invokes thoughts of a lazy day by a lake, watching the wildlife as they go about their business.