Edo prints

  Design: Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849)  
  Title: Bellflower and dragonfly  
  Series title: Large flowers  
  Size: 25.6 x 38.1 cm (ōban)  
  Posthumous printing from newly cut woodblocks    
  Photography: Jacques Commandeur
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Hokusai Bellflower and dragonfly


Originally published in 1832 by publisher Nishimuraya Yohachi.

Special effects: embossing (karazuri) on the wings of the dragonfly.

Artist’s signature in bottom left print area:

Character Reading Meaning Translation
zen before  
hoku north  
sai room Drawn by
i change Iitsu,
itsu one formerly known
hitsu writing brush as Hokusai

Round censorship seal reading kiwame (‘approved’), and square Eijūdō seal of the original publisher Nishimuraya Yohachi.


Provenance: The Adachi Institute of Woodcut Prints

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