Re: a Sumida-river print unidentifie


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Posted by Andrew (38.130.80.252) on January 24, 2017 at 19:40:17:

In Reply to: Re: a Sumida-river print unidentifie posted by Frederik on January 22, 2017 at 18:16:55:

Hello !

The place name "Suzaki Benten"
洲崎弁天

appears in various early Hiroshige seascape prints of Edo.

http://www.ndl.go.jp/landmarks/details/detail376.html

The name in the cartouche reads almost the same.
So I believe the scene shown in your poly-tych is not exactly on the Sumida River, but at a seashore beach near Shinagawa.

On the subject of date, mentioned before, the fact that the kiwame seal is not accompanied by individual censors' seals places the date of publication prior to 1842.

The publisher's seal is that of Yamaguchi-ya, famous publisher of many ukiyoe artists including Hiroshige.

Actually I am thinking, on the basis of style and colors, this is a quite early print, from sometime in the second half of the 1830's.

Let's say, around the year 1837, that's my somewhat arbitrary guess. Someone out there please prove or disprove our theories about Frederik's prints ...

- Andrew




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