Re: Eisen woodblock print

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Posted by Richard Illing on May 03, 1998 at 21:46:56:

In Reply to: Eisen woodblock print posted by David McCullough on May 03, 1998 at 17:47:22:

: Hi
: I recently acquired a woodblock print(page from a book). On the back of the framed print was a label from the Kabutoya Galleries stating the artist as Eisen with the title "Shinj Andon". It is a rather simple print in three colors. Any information about this print would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
: Best regards
: david McCullough

Shinji Ando is the title of a set of five books first published at intervals between 1829 and 1847. The title means 'Festival lanterns' and may imply that the designs were intended to be used to decorate lanterns but seem to have ended up as a collection of miscellaneous pictures. Eisen illustrated the third (undated) and the fifth (with a preface dated 1847) volumes. I have a copy of the first volume, illustrated by Oishi Matora, but the blocks seem somewhat worn suggesting that the set was popular enough to have been reprinted, probably several times, over the years.
Many of Eisen's designs are quite attractive and, although I doubt that a single sheet has a large value, it ought to be suitably decorative.

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