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The Ameya

Artist:
Robert Frederick Blum (American, Cincinnati, Ohio 1857–1903 New York)
Date:
by 1893
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
25 1/16 x 31 1/16 in. (63.7 x 78.9 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Gift of Estate of Alfred Corning Clark, 1904
Accession Number:
04.31
Not on view
Blum went to Japan in 1890 to illustrate a series of articles for Scribner’s Magazine and spent eighteen months there working on his own projects. His illustrated three-part article on his experiences appeared in Scribner’s in 1893 and included an image titled "The Ameya," on which he based this painting. He wrote of an illustration of another ameya, or candy blower: “Very interesting things they do certainly perform . . . using the candy like a glassblower his lump of molten glass, and producing results, if hardly as beautiful or durable, certainly as artistic and finished as regards workmanship.”
Signature: [at lower right]: BLUM
Alfred Corning Clark, New York (by 1893–d. 1904); his estate (1904)
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