Meiji prints

  Design: Mizuno Hidekata (1875-1944)  
  Print title: Visiting the hospital  
  Album/series title: Katei no Hana (Household flowers)  
  Size: 21.4 x 31.6 cm (ōban)  
  Original woodblock print    
  Photography: Jacques Commandeur
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Mizuno Hidekata Katei no hana Visiting the hospital


Special effects: burnishing (sho-men-zuri) on the women’s hair; silver metallic pigments on the hair pin and kimono of the lady on the right, on the shoe and the star on the collar of the nurse on the left, and on the nails of the couch in the background.

Published ca. 1907 by Akiyama Buemon.

This print has a vertical fold in the middle, indicating that it was issued as part of an orihon album (i.e., folding book).

Artist’s name in lower right of the print:

Character Reading Meaning Translation
hiide(ru) excell  
kata person Hidekata

Series title and print number in the light-pink cartouche in the right margin:

Character Reading Meaning Translation
ka house  
tei garden  
no ’s  
hana flower Household flowers,
san three print number three

Publisher’s address and firm name in middle of bottom margin (from right to left):

Character Reading Meaning Translation
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,
katsu slide  
kei think  
temple Kokkeidō

Provenance: Artelino

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