Edo prints

  Design: Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858)  
  Title: Ochanomizu  
  Series title: Famous places in Edo  
  Size: 22.5 x 35.2 cm (ōban)  
  Posthumous printing from newly cut woodblocks    
  Photography: Jacques Commandeur
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Hiroshige Ochanomizu


Originally published by Yamadaya Shōjirō in 1853. This edition from newly cut blocks was published by Yuyudo in the 1960s-1970s.

Artist’s signature in the left print area:

Character Reading Meaning Translation
hiro broad  
shige heavy Picture by
ga picture Hiroshige

Series and print title in cartouche in top right area of the print:

Character Reading Meaning Translation
e bay  
to door  
mei famous  
sho place Famous places in Edo
o honourable  
cha tea  
no ’s  
mizu water Ochanomizu

Names of the carver and printer of this Yuyudo edition in the left margin of the verso of the print:

Yuyudo seal with names of carver and printer

in which the kanji read:

Character Reading Meaning Translation
hori carver Carver:
ko small  
ike pond  
shigeru grow thick Koike Shigeru
suri printer Printer:
sa assistent  
tai calm  
three Satō Taizō

A later print of Ochanomizu in Edo designed by Hokuju can be seen on this page of my website.


Provenance: Fuji Arts

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