Re: Identification

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Posted by Marc Kahn ( on September 12, 2013 at 18:33:24:

In Reply to: Re: Identification posted by Andrew Disney on September 12, 2013 at 17:16:18:

The "signature" reads "Hiroshige". There is no way that this print was designed by Hiroshige. I agree with Noel that this print is from the early shin-hanga era.

Perhaps a bit of historical perspective would help. In the latter part of the 1800s, Ukiyo-e became very popular in the Western world. Hiroshige was the most famous of the Ukiyo-e print designers, and there was a huge level of demand for his prints. They re-printed his designs from the original blocks until those blocks became completely unusable. Some of the publishers re-carved blocks for the old designs, but some publishers of smaller format prints simply put Hiroshige's signature on new designs and sold them as "Hiroshige" prints to unsuspecting tourists.

That's what you've got. A print based on a mis-attribution. It will never be known the name of the artist who actually designed that print. Don't feel bad. It's a nice print and an early one, probably from around 1910 or so.

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