Re: Identify woodblock print


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Posted by Alec W. (2.25.230.143) on April 19, 2022 at 02:17:32:

In Reply to: Identify woodblock print posted by Jim on April 18, 2022 at 18:36:11:

I agree with Lucienne on some points but disagree on others.

First, the signature does belong to Yoshifuji, but here Yoshifuji is written よし藤 rather than 芳藤.

Next, the title is "Tōkyō zensei" 東京全盛, maybe something like "Tokyo In Its Heyday".

Pictured is a courtesan named "Senshū" 泉州. This name appears to have been particularly used at the Izumiya 和泉屋 brothel, though no mention of that is made here.

I am in agreement with Lucienne on the publisher and date/censor seal. Note that this dates the design to just the next month after Edo had been renamed to Tokyo.

Another impression from a retail listing:

https://www.weschlers.com/auction-lot/two-japanese-ukiyo-e-oban-woodblock-prints-of-act_C6747E1A24

And, for fun, a similar composition with a courtesan of the same name, but from the 1850s:

https://collections.mfa.org/objects/214429/

-A


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