Re:- Is this the signature of Hiroshige or of Hiroshige II


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Posted by Theo de Kreijger on July 14, 2003 at 23:27:57:

In Reply to: Re:- Is this the signature of Hiroshige or of Hiroshige II posted by Andrew on July 13, 2003 at 19:53:50:

Hi Andrew,

Glad you've found it. My friend Horst sure did a good job with his site.

The signatures alone are certainly not sufficient for determining the artist. Hiroshige I and II signatures are identical around the time of the death of Hiroshige I and the nameswitch of Shigenobu to Horoshige II. Very hard to distinguish one from the other. But because the series are wellknown, you can look them up at various places.

Considering early issues: Just take a good look at how good the color blocks have been registered. If there are gaps or if the edges are worn, then you have a later issue. Also compare the number of colors used. The later the print, the fewer the colors (to get the production cheap). And if the manual applied pigments follow bounderies of waterfronts and the horizon with great care and "swing", they are early prints. If those graduations in color go straight forward from left to right (without any "feeling") they are late.

I think you have a pretty early one, although the scan is very small to give a good impression.

Enjoy it :o)

Theo


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