Meiji prints


  Design: Mizuno Toshikata (1866-1908)  
  Print title and number: 1 - Spring - Parting of School-Chums  
  Album/series title: Mitsui Gonomi Miyako no Nishiki (Brocades of the capital. The seasons and their fashions.)  
  Size: 20.9 x 30.3 cm (ōban)  
  Original woodblock print    
  Photography: Jacques Commandeur
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Toshikata Mitsui Gonomi Miyako no Nishiki: 1 - Spring - Parting of School-Chums

Enlargement


Special effects: silver metallic pigments on the kimono’s and the obi of the two ladies on the right.

Artist’s name in lower right of the print:

Character Reading Meaning Translation
       
mizu water  
no field Mizuno
toshi year  
kata person Toshikata

Followed by red 賞 (shō, award) and 雪 (setsu, snow) seals.

Series title in purple cartouche in right margin:

Character Reading Meaning Translation
       
mitsu three  
i a well  
kono(mu) like  
miyako capital  
no ’s  
ni    
shi   Mitsui Gonomi -
ki brocade Brocades of the capital

Publisher’s address and name in lower left margin:

Character Reading Meaning Translation
       
east  
kyō capital  
shi city Tokyo city,
ni sun  
hon origin  
hashi bridge  
ku district Nihonbashi district,
muro greenhouse  
machi quarter Muro quarter,
san three  
chō house block  
me count suffix 3rd house block,
kyū nine  
ban number  
chi earth, land number 9,
       
aki autumn  
yama mountain Akiyama
       
bu military  
u right  
ku artisan  
mon gate Buemon

Followed by red 滑稽堂 (Kokkeidō) publisher and 印刷山田 (insatsu Yamada, printing: Yamada) printer seals.

English series and print title in red in bottom margin reading: The seasons and their fashions. 1 - Spring - ‘Parting of School-Chums’.

Followed by the text: Specially printed on the original designs by Mitsui.


References


Provenance: White Fox Rare Books

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