Edo prints

  Design: Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849)  
  Title: A sudden gust of wind in Ejiri province  
  Series title: Thirty-six views of Mount Fuji  
  Size: 22.2 x 37.6 cm (ōban)  
  Posthumous printing from newly cut woodblocks    
  Photography: Jacques Commandeur
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Hokusai A sudden gust of wind in Ejiri province


Originally published around 1831 by publisher Nishimuraya Yohachi, this printing is an early post-war period original edition from publisher Takamizawa.

Artist’s signature in top left print area:

Character Reading Meaning Translation
zen before  
hoku north  
sai room Drawn by Iitsu
i change (meaning ‘‘One year old again’’)
itsu one formerly known
hitsu writing brush as Hokusai

Series and print title in cartouche in top left of the print:

Character Reading Meaning Translation
fu wealth  
gaku peak  
san three  
ten Thirty-six
roku six views of
kei view Mount Fuji
駿 sun speed  
shū province  
e bay A sudden gust of wind
jiri hips in Ejiri province

Red publisher stamp on verso of the print:

Takamizawa Seal

The stamp consists of the Takamizawa seal, the roman text ‘‘Takamizawa Print’’, and the following kanji:

Character Reading Meaning Translation
taka high  
mi(ru) see  
sawa marsh  
tada faithfulness  
o great Made
sei manufacture by
saku make Takamizawa Tadao

The subject of people caught up in a gust of wind is one of several recurring themes in Hokusai’s work. Earlier he treated this subject in his Manga volumes 7 and 12, for example, and later in volume 1 of his One hundred views of Mount Fuji series of prints.


Provenance: Seller kobijutuhirota on Buyee

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