Re: Set of 53 Woodblock Prints

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Posted by John Fiorillo on January 18, 2003 at 08:08:59:

In Reply to: Re: Set of 53 Woodblock Prints posted by Bill Lewis on January 18, 2003 at 00:11:39:


Your publisher's colophon is dated Taish˘ 14 (1925), which would indicate when this set was published. I tried to compare your print with a small book image of an original impression of the Seki post-station, and I can see differences in the block cutting, so it appears that you have Taish˘-period reproductions. I don't have time to look for a larger image to compare and verify this, but you could try to find one or more of your images in books on Hiroshige, or perhaps you can find large internet scans at a museum or gallery site for comparison in order to verify that all the designs are from recut blocks. One site that has some impressions from the series is The Fine Arts Museums of SF. Just type: tokaido in their search engine.

The wrapper has an inscription at the lower right that seems to read 'Nihon mokuhan insatsu' (Japanese woodblock prints). The series title at the upper far left matches the titles on each print, which is also curious, as the only wrapper I can find mentioned in my books is said to have a different artist and series inscription ('Ichiryűsai Hiroshige T˘kaid˘ tsuzuki-e gojűsan tsugi fűkei shashin, Kikakud˘', meaning "Drawn by Ichiryűsai Hiroshige, Series of fifty-three pictures of the T˘kaid˘, Kikakud˘" [the last word identifying the original publisher, also known as Sanyo Kihei]). So the wrapper is also not original. Still, even early 20th-century wrappers tend to not survive, and it is nice to see it.


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