Re: Need help identifying Hiroshige prin


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Posted by Noel Chiappa (98.166.132.137) on April 26, 2014 at 22:48:01:

In Reply to: Need help identifying Hiroshige print posted by Lita X Lng Kelley on April 26, 2014 at 17:54:39:

Hi, since the censor seal (more below) dates this to 1860, and Hiroshige I died in 1858, this is almost certainly his pupil/son-in-law Hiroshige II.

Although I maintin the online catalog raisonne for him:

http://www.hiroshigeii.net/

I don't recognize this print, and I don't have a vertical oban series listed for him in 1860. I will have to reseaarch this more.

As to the censor seal, it reads (as you thought) Monkey, Monkey/1 to be exact. We can be sure it's 1860, as the exact form of the censor seals changed over time (see here:

http://www.chiappa.net/~jnc/prints/sealdate.html

for more) and this particular form was only used from 1859-1871. Since there's only one Monkey year in that period, the date is certain.

The publisher is Yorozuya Kichibei (Marks seal #21-066, publisher #626) and his listing also does not list any vertical oban prints by Hiroshige II in 1860.

Thanks for the excellent images - they made looking all this up much easier!

Noel



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