Five Woodblock Prints of Famous Western Inventors attributed to Utagawa Kuniteru II
Colour woodblock prints of Richard Arkwright (1732-92), inverntor of the spinning frame for yarn and his name in Japanese is shown as Akurai; Josué Heilmann (1796-1848), inventor of a hand embroidery machine whose name is shown as Heiruman; Bernard Palissy (1510-c1589), potter and hyrdaulics engineer and named Parisshi in Japanese characters; James Watt (1736-1819), of steam engine fame and his name in Japanese is Uotto; and John Heathcoat (1783-1861), who improved the warp loom and whose name is shown as Shiyon [John] Hisucouto. Apparently there were 14 prints in this series.
[Tokyo]. Ministry of Education. .
each approx. 36 x 24.5cm.
All in good condition some minor wear. A few old repairs mostly to corners and a few minor marks. All five are unbacked and have nice bleedthrough.