Silk apron, beige and gold, in wooden box. The inside of the box has Japanese markings. Also included is a cloth pouch (white), with black Japanese markings. On the back of the shawl is an ink sketch and Japanese markings. Top collar has green thread stitching.
Historical Note: Walter Howlison (Zarh H.) Mackenzie Pritchard is considered to have created the art of portraying underwater scenes by sketching them from life. An artist and traveler, Pritchard went to Tahiti in 1904. There, under water, he held his breath while making many sketches, using crayons on paper that had been taped to glass and then oiled. Subsequently he is believed to have used lambskin soaked with oil and brushes thoroughly soaked in oil. Wearing a diver's helmet, serviced by a tank from a boat on the surface, he sank to the seafloor with a coral or stone weight, selected the view that he wanted, had his canvas and materials lowered to him from the boat above, and painted for about half an hour. From Tahiti, Pritchard moved to California and held several exhibitions of his work nationally and internationally. He moved to Austin in 1949 and died in 1956. http://scilib.ucsd.edu/sio/hist/Shor-Pritchard.pdf
Related Collection: Walter Howlison Mackenzie "Zarh" Pritchard papers [2-23/127 thru 139, 141, 142, 2-22/296], Zahr Pritchard photograph collection [1968/030], and Under Sea Painting at Tahiti [306-4025], at the Texas State Archives.
Date range of creation:
1920 to 1950
Texas State Library and Archives Commission, 1968/030
Artifact Box 0098
Pritchard, Zarh, 1866-1956
Wood (plant material)
ATF0105, Artifacts collection. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
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Size or duration:
shawl: 27.25 in x 16.5 in; box: 11 in x 8 in x 1.2 in