Edo prints

  Design: Shōtei Hokuju (17631824)  
  Title: View of Tsukudajima island  
  Series title: The Eastern capital  
  Size: 26.0 x 38.7 cm (ōban)  
  Posthumous printing from newly cut woodblocks    
  Photography: Jacques Commandeur
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Hokuju Tsukudajima


Originally published ca. 1820s by Nishimuraya Yohachi (firm name Eijudō). This edition from newly carved blocks was published by Watanabe.

Artist’s signature in left print area:

Character Reading Meaning Translation
hoku north  
ju longevity Picture by
ga picture Hokuju

Series and print title in the upper right area of the print:

Character Reading Meaning Translation
to capital The Eastern capital
tsukuda cultivated rice field  
shima island  
no ’s View of
kei view Tsukudajima island

Hokuju was a pupil of Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849), and clearly fascinated with the use of shadows and perspective and of the depiction of cloud formations he saw in western art. However, he didn’t seem to be aware that the vanishing point of perspective lines should always be located on the horizon ...


Provenance: Fuji Arts

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