Re: Reisho Tokaido - no purple block

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Posted by Theo de Kreijger on April 10, 2002 at 11:01:19:

In Reply to: Reisho Tokaido - no purple block posted by Bob on April 09, 2002 at 01:30:21:

You have to try and get an image posted here. If you don't succeed, contact the owner of this site.

Hiroshige prints were so very popular that most of them were re-issued over and over untill the woodblocks were completely worn out. The blocks had been sold to lesser publishers by then. The blocks were often partly recarved or completely replaced at that time. In a later period in time some publishers made a whole set of new blocks to print new, fresh images. Most of them carry the new (20th century) publisher mark and are called "copies after the original" in some cases they are deliberate frauds to mislead the public.

What I understand is your print is missing some of the blocks. My guess is that this is not a second edition, but one that has been issued much later at the end of the 19th century, called the Meiji period. In some cases even the blocks of the "copies after the original" got worn out.

But one only can tell with a good picture as reference.


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