Posted by Philippe Callier on September 04, 1998 at 17:13:46:
In Reply to: Help: "printed by T. Hasegawa"? posted by A.D. on September 01, 1998 at 16:59:25:
: I recently bought two prints at a garage sale.( I paid very
: little so if they are worth nothing, at least they look
: nice!) I was told the original owner had traveled in Asia
: These are not cheap offset reproductions; they are actual prints
: but whether they are reprints or not is the question.
: The print in question has written on the back "All rights
: reserved Printed by T. Hasegawa, Tokyo" Since this is in
: English, obviously it was meant for the western market.
: Does this mean it is not a first edition? Or were first
: editions sometimes marked this way?
: I do not know the artist's identity, but the print is
: of sailing boats in a harbor at night. To my eye, it looks
: early 20th century. There is a black signature and round
: red seal in the lower left corner, but no block seals.
: It is slightly longer in the long dimension than the
: 19th century prints I already own, but width is the same.
: I welcome any information. Thanks!
The following paragraph taken from a section on Sosaku-Hanga ("creative prints") Publishers in Merritt's 1990 book may be of interest to you:
"Hasagewa Tsuneo, the husband of the woodblock artist Hasagewa Tatsuko (born 1901), operated a company called Nihon Hanga Sha and produced sets and series including Nihon gendai sosaku-hanga taishu (Japan Modern Creative Print Collection) in 1927. This collection contained twelve prints by six artists and was printed by Shimizu Koichi, a friend of the artists and operator of a frame shop. Hasewaga, taking a portfolio under his arm, made regular calls on people he knew to be fond of hanga. It is also reported that someone, perhaps Hasegawa, went from door to door in large company appartments selling hanga. (...) The same individual also took prints to resorts where he prevailed upon proprietors of lodging establishments to use them on their walls and sell them in their souvenir shops". (quoted from Helen Merritt, Modern Japanese Woodblock Prints: The Early Years, University of Hawaii Press (Honolulu) 1990, pages 258-259).
All the best,
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