Re: woodblock "print"?

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Posted by Philippe Callier on October 17, 1998 at 22:22:05:

In Reply to: woodblock "print"? posted by Michael Deane on October 16, 1998 at 05:17:34:

: I am in possession of a small print (appx 5.5" by 7.5") of Kuwana, one of the Tokaido 53 Stations.

: It has a label on the back frame from the Uchida Art Co., Kyoto Handicraft Center.

: The paper appears to be fairly new.

: Is this possibly a restrike or some form of a commercial reprint?

: Thanks for any information.

Prints of the size of yours were common in the era after WWII and were popular with the tourists and foreign military. The prints include both reproductions (in reduced size) of well-known masterpieces, and new works. Uchida is a reputable Kyoto publisher of prints, created in 1919. It still exists today. (Uchida is mentionned in Helen Merritt's book on Modern Japanese Prints: The Early Years, University of Hawaii Press, Honolulu, 1990, p. 39).

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