Re:- Hiroshige print identity


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Posted by Noel Chiappa on September 12, 2003 at 10:46:58:

In Reply to: Hiroshige print identity posted by Dan Johnson on September 11, 2003 at 19:32:29:

Hi, I had a good look for your print in the Van Vleck book, which has the
largest collection of Hiroshige images I know of, but I couldn't find it. I
did find another view of the same scene, Ochanomizu, in a Toto Meisho (Famous
Places in the Eastern Capital) series.

Also, I note that your print doesn't have any title cartouche, or even a
written title, in the image - this is very unusual. Some Hiroshige prints
(again from some of the Toto Meisho series) have them outside the border. I
would have suggested that as a possibility for yours, except I see you have
intact borders. So perhaps this is a later printing, and the block was trimmed?

I was hoping the corner treatment (the indented curlicue) would help me
identify the series, because it's not common, but there are a couple of
Hiroshige series that use that - the Kisokaido series does (but its not one
of them), and so do some of the Toto Meisho series.

About all I can say, looking at the print, is that it's from before 1853
(based on the censor seal). I don't know if the red seal below the signature
is the printer's seal, or a rarer Hiroshige seal; I can't see it very well,
but I don't think it's in the list of Hiroshige seals I have.

Noel



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