Re: Japanese Woodblock Identification


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Posted by Alec W. (2.25.175.181) on November 10, 2022 at 12:08:01:

In Reply to: Japanese Woodblock Identification posted by Stew on November 09, 2022 at 23:19:20:

The design appears to be Hiroshige, but the signature reads "Hirokuni" 広邦. I can't make out the seal below the signature.

Here are a couple of impressions of the Hiroshige:

https://collections.mfa.org/objects/235643
https://asia.si.edu/object/F1974.53/

I'm not familiar with an artist working under the name Hirokuni 広邦 -- perhaps the name is the invention of a Taishō-era reprint publisher? That said, the hypothesized scenario would be a little odd, since Hiroshige was an important brand name in the early-20th-century print export market -- why would a publisher take Hiroshige's name *off* of a legitimate Hiroshige design? But I don't have a better theory.

Finally, I would be remiss to mention that there was a prolific artist of actor prints working in Osaka in the 1840s under the name Hirokuni 広国, but I doubt any connection here.

-A


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