2 Hasui Kawase Japanese Woodblock Prints
Description: Hachirogata Inlet in Akita Prefecture, and The Nikki Highway A lovely set of two Japanese woodblock prints framed. Not examined out of the frame. This item is from the collection of William Jennings. This collection was assembled by Jenningsâ parents, who lived in Tianjin, China (then known as Tientsin) in the 1930s. Jenningsâ father, Harold Jennings, was a British naval engineer who had originally come to China in the late 1920s and ran a shipyard in Tianjin. His mother, Mary Bayley Jennings, was a nurse from Ohio who originally traveled to Tianjin in 1938. The Jennings were active in the expatriate community in China and throughout Asia, and traveled within Asia, to places such as Hong Kong and Kyoto, collecting art pieces while they went. William Jennings was born in 1939, and the family moved to the United States in 1941 to escape growing conflict in the region, taking their collection with them.