Edo prints

  Design: Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849)  
  Title: Chōshi in Shimōsa Province  
  Series title: One thousand pictures of the sea  
  Size: 18.2 x 26.3 cm (chūban)  
  Posthumous printing from newly cut woodblocks    
  Photography: Jacques Commandeur
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Hokusai Chōshi in Shimōsa Province


Originally published around 1830-1834 by publisher Moriya Jihei.

Artist’s signature in left print area:

Character Reading Meaning Translation
saki earlier  
no ’s  
hoku north  
sai room Drawn by Hokusai
i change changing his name
itsu one into Iitsu (meaning
hitsu writing brush ‘‘One year old again’’)

Series and print title in red cartouche in top right of the print:

Character Reading Meaning Translation
chi thousand  
e picture  
no ’s One thousand pictures
umi sea of the sea
shū province  
chō sake bottle Chōshi
shi child in Shimōsa Province


Provenance: The Adachi Institute of Woodcut Prints

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