Recently published Hiroshige 'originals'?

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Posted by Dave Bull on September 10, 2002 at 14:55:51:

I picked up a boxed set of 21 woodblock prints in a Tokyo used bookshop this afternoon, and am curious about their background.

It's a set of small prints made after Hiroshige designs - each one about 25 x 12 cm (vertical format); there is no documentation attached, but there is a Japanese language order form in the box that gives this information:

Hiroshige Prints, Limited edition of 250
Publisher: R.G. Sawers, London England

The order form then goes on to list the price for the set (300,000 yen) and gives a set of checkboxes where a purchaser could tick off the prints he wanted to order ...

There is no other information: no date, no mention of who did the carving/printing, no mention of where the designs came from. Each print is stamped on the back with an edition number (3 of 250).

I presume that R.G.Sawers is the same man who published the Miles book on Jacoulet's work as well as a few other well-known books on ukiyo-e prints. Perhaps the design were taken from some of the Hiroshige sketchbooks that are in museums in London?

Does anybody know anything about this set?


Dave Bull

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