Re: Reisho Tokaido - no purple block

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Posted by Bob on April 16, 2002 at 04:21:37:

In Reply to: Re: Reisho Tokaido - no purple block posted by Theo de Kreijger on April 10, 2002 at 11:01:19:

Theo -

Thanks very much for responding. I didn't post an image because I've seen this variety of coloring on other prints in this series before, in catalogues and the like, and was hoping someone would recognize its specific origins. As for it being a Meiji print, I don't think it is as the paper, seals and remaining colors are too similar to others in the series in my collection and at the local museum. So I'm pretty sure it's a contemporaneous edition. As for getting an image posted, my apologies, but my computer skills just plain stink.
Thanks again,

: 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.

: Theo

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