Re: Woodblock Print of Woman Reading


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Posted by Alec W. (2.25.230.207) on December 11, 2021 at 11:28:10:

In Reply to: Woodblock Print of Woman Reading posted by Kevin on December 10, 2021 at 22:21:10:

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The signature at the bottom right identifies it as the work of Suzuki Harunobu 鈴木春信.

The first line of the inscription at left is "Meiwa gannen-ban" 明和元年版 ("published in the first year of Meiwa [1764]").

The second line of text I'm not as sure about, but I think it may be "Ehon hana kazura" 絵本花かづら -- this is the name of a book (more usually spelled 絵本花葛蘿) illustrated by Harunobu and published in 1764.

Here is a scan of said book:

https://pulverer.si.edu/node/949/title

I think the implication of the inscription is that the above design is a mashup/adaptation from design elements found in that book. The reading girl, kotatsu, and screen are from a spread near the end of volume 1, and the bathing cat from the middle of volume 3.

I haven't found any other impressions of the design, but I take it to be a 20th-century production.

-A


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