Posted by Noel Chiappa (184.108.40.206) on April 26, 2014 at 22:48:01:
In Reply to: Need help identifying Hiroshige print posted by Lita Xú Líng 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:
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:
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!
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