Re: Hiroshige : combination of original blocks and new series title?

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Posted by Anders Rikardson on October 12, 2002 at 11:59:27:

In Reply to: Re: Hiroshige : combination of original blocks and new series title? posted by Hans Olof Johansson on October 12, 2002 at 11:04:42:

Title reads “Tokyo meisho”.

This is the last version of “Edo meisho hyakkei”. Published in the meiji period. The original title was cut out and replaced with a woodplug into which the new title was cut. Blocks are generally original although some restoration to the keyblocks have been done, some colourblocks on some prints are changed but so also on later edo period printings of this set.

Late impressions of Ohashi atake no yudachi should be checked for replacement of the title. Unscrupulous persons sometimes remove the title Tokyo meisho and replace this with the original title. This “restoration” is done to profit from the value increase by such a procedure.

Anders Rikardson

: : After some discussion with J Noel Chiappa (I thank him again), it appeared this print might be from the original blocks but has a recarved title cartouche.
: : Does anyone know anything about this "new" series? Can someone help dating it? Can someone read the title (grass style)?
: : Thanks in avance.
: : PS in case I do not succeed to post the URL, here they are : they all start with :
: : and then they go: hiro1.jpg, hiro2.jpg, hiro3.jpg, hiro4.jpg, hirob1.jpg and hirob2.jpg

: Fabienne,

: Having compared some of your images to a reproduction of the original print, I don't agree that any of the original woodblocks were used for your print.

: As for the title cartouche, a possible interpretation of the four characters would be Hyakkei meisho. I'm certainly no expert in Japanese cursive script, though, and the first character is something of a mystery to me. It doesn't look much like the common character for 'hyaku' (a hundred), but I'm afraid I can't come up with an alternative reading.

: Best regards,
: Hans Olof

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