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 Yūyūdō 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

Yūyūdō publisher seal in lower left margin of the print.

Yūyūdō publisher seal and names of the carver and printer of this edition in the left margin on 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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