Posted by Terry Myers (18.104.22.168) on October 22, 2016 at 21:54:05:
In Reply to: LOC vs Other Museums and sources posted by Hokusai's pupil on January 23, 2015 at 06:10:31:
Just a random comment. Sometimes the paper or ink is used to date. Often the pattern of ink colors fading can be critical. There are a lot of issues besides whether the image looks the same. Obviously, provenance can tell the difference, for example a catalogue where there are references to the creation of a certain reprint. Some reprints are extremely difficult to spot just based on the image. Also, some originals have huge variances which occurred at the time, for example some popular Hiroshige prints. Experts study for years so unless you are a professional and know what subtle variances to expect then just looking at images is not good enough.
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