Re:- Yoshitoshi Follow up

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Posted by Arnold on October 13, 2003 at 06:31:14:

In Reply to: Re:- Yoshitoshi print? posted by Richard Illing on October 09, 2003 at 15:45:03:


Thanks again! Your scholarship and that of others has made me a collector. It is interesting that you say that prints are more accessible now but my impression is that the prices are relatively "high" possibly because of the scholarship.

I have a first edition of the Yoshitoshi Hikosaburo V print in fine condition which led me to delve further. I found three additional references:

1. Shinichi Segei's "Yoshitoshi: The Splendid Decadent" also pictures the Hikosaburo print with six others from the series "Personalities of Recent Times". This series which was the last of Yoshitoshi's "newspaper prints" was issued once a month to newspaper subscribers for a total of 20 months during 1886-1888. Segei characterizes them as a series of "especially fine portrait prints" and summarizes the stories behind three of these prints. Mostly they involve recent events.
The book also provides an illuminating section on Yoshitoshi's involvement with newspapers which provided him excellent pay, visibility and a springboard for his later important series.

2. Roger Keyes et al. displays and summarizes in considerable detail the story behind one of the prints from the series in "The Bizarre Imagery of Yoshitoshi:The Herbert R. Cole Collection".

3. The complete Herbert R. Cole collection - about 450 Yoshitoshi prints and drawings - can be viewed on line by searching the Los Angeles County Museum of Art website for Yoshitoshi. About 10 of the 20 newspaper prints from "Personalities of Recent Times" are there. However, if you or anyone is interested, it pays to use the advanced search tool to narrow the search to the 1886-1888 prints. Segei displays an additional 3 prints from the series.

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