Miller, Lilian (1895 - 1943), "View of Mt. Fuji, From an Inn at Hayama - Original Painting "
|Title||View of Mt. Fuji, From an Inn at Hayama - Original Painting|
|Medium||Original Pen and Ink Drawing|
|Series Title||Japan - Mt. Fuji|
|Edition||First and only.|
|Publisher||The Artist - Privately Published|
|Reference No||Brown: pg. 17 (referenced)|
|Size||7 x 10 "|
Notes: Exact pen and ink drawing, as described in Brown, pg. 17. Drawn by Miller at age 18 while attending Vassar College in New York. Artist monogram and date in right margin of the design. A very scarce and early pen and ink work by the artist.
At age seventeen, Lilian made the decision to enter Vassar College in New York. Like with her completed program for the 1914 Vassar production of A Midsummer Night's Dream (Brown pg. 16), also bearing Miller's stylized LMM monogram and work in pen and ink, this rare work, displays a glimpse of Mt. Fuji. It might project Millers long yearning for a return to East Asia, as stated in Brown. Executed on a standard sheet of paper it presents a view through a latticed Japanese window past a large tree and across a bay over which Mt. Fuji rises majestically. The scene may well be from an inn at Hayama, a small town on the Izu peninsula with spectacular views of Fuji and a favorite vacation spot for the Miller family during their Tokyo years. The drawing's function as a statement of Miller's response to the new circumstances of life at Vassar; as she adjusted to life both in America and away from her family.
Provenance: Acquired directly from a descendant of the L.M. Miller family. This was accompanied with the entire family collection of remaining works; including original paintings, pencil sketches and one of a kind proofs.