Posted by Tony Gibb on February 11, 2003 at 06:57:50:
In Reply to: Hiroshige repro posted by Brendan on January 31, 2003 at 04:43:43:
The images are from Hiroshige's 100 Famous views of Edo and, unfortunately for you, it is not likely that they are originals, though there were some bargains to be had in Japan in the early 70's. These very popular prints have been reproduced many times since the originals were made prior to the artist's death in 1858.
A good reference on the series is the book 'Hiroshige: One Hundred Famous Views of Edo' by George Braziller, ISBN 0-8076-1143-3 which contains full colour illustrations of all the set.
I have assembled some information on reproductions and their uses on my website at www.ukiyoe-reproductions.com if you are interested.
Best to enjoy them in a simple frame or sell them on EBay. If George Aar's experience (see his message from January 14, 2003 below) is any guide you might get more than you anticipated for them.
: I have a collection of what look to be Hiroshige reproductions of some sort.
: It looks as if they came in 4 envelopes (one for each season?) with three prints
: in each. I'm pretty sure they're from my Grandfather who lived in Japan in the
: early 1970's. I don't think they're actually worth any $$, but I'm interested in
: what they are and where they're from. They look like something you could get
: from a Japanese form of Franklin Mint or something.
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