Edo prints

  Design: Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1797-1861)  
  Title: Ōmori  
  Series title: Famous places in Edo  
  Size: 19.0 x 26.8 cm (ōban)  
  Posthumous printing from newly cut woodblocks    
  Photography: Jacques Commandeur
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Kuniyoshi - Famous Places in Edo: Ōmori


Originally published ca. 1830-1835 by publisher Kagaya Kichibei (加賀屋 吉兵衛). This smaller sized edition was published around the 1920s by publisher and designer Hashiguchi Goyō (1880-1921) from newly carved blocks.

Ōmori is a district located a few kilometres south of Shinagawa in Edo, current day Tokyo. In Edo times Ōmori was laced with a network of small rivers which were used by many locals for drying harvested nori (seaweed).

Artist’s signature in bottom right print area:

Character Reading Meaning Translation
ichi one  
be spirited  
sai color  
kuni country  
yoshi favorable Brush of Ichiyūsai
hitsu writing brush Kuniyoshi

Followed by round kiwame (‘approved’) censorship seal and publisher Kagaya Kichibei seal, see Marks (2011, p. 65, seal number 22-024).

Series and print title in round red cartouche:

Character Reading Meaning Translation
to capital  
mei reputation  
sho place Famous places in Edo
ō big  
mori forest Ōmori


Provenance: Fuji Arts

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