Re: Print ID

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Posted by hess on July 11, 1999 at 04:39:23:

In Reply to: Print ID posted by Anne on July 10, 1999 at 21:38:41:

: Hi,
: I bought a print several years ago at a church sale. The lady who sold it to me said her father who was a minister brought it back from Japan after his stay there at the beginning of this century. I really love it and want to find out more about it.

your print should be by Shotei (aka Takahashi Hiroaki). but without a crisp close-up photo of signature and red seal (in upper left corner) one cannot be 100% positive. this type or style of print was intended for export. export prints for western markets are often refered to as "tourist prints". however, Shotei's evocative and moody images are appreciated for their artistic merit. most of Shotei's prints were published by Watanabe, but do not bear a date, title, or publisher's seal. Shotei began his collaboration with Watanabe in 1907. many of his images were reprinted (to satisfy the demand in western markets for all things Japanese) before and after the 1923 Tokyo earthquake. since there are no identifying markings on the majority of Shotei prints published by Watanabe, assigning a printing date and discerning between a first edition and later printings requires examining the print in person.

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