Meiji prints

  Design: Ikeda Shōen (1886-1917)  
  Print title: A rainy morning in spring  
  Album/series title: Yaekasumi (Multilayered mist)  
  Size: 20.9 x 30.9 cm  
  Original woodblock print    
  Photography: Jacques Commandeur
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Ikeda Shoen Yaekasumi A rainy morning in spring


Special effects: silver metallic pigments on hair ornament, obi and flowers on underkimono; burnishing on hair, kimono collar, and obi.

Artist’s signature and two red artist’s seals with the name of the artist in right print area:

Character Reading Meaning Translation
shō fire  
en garden Shōen

Series title in pink cartouche in right margin:

Character Reading Meaning Translation
mi   Multilayered mist

Publisher’s address and firm name (from right to left) in middle of bottom margin:

Character Reading Meaning Translation
kyō capital  
shi city Tokyo city,
ni sun  
hon origin  
hashi bridge  
ku district Nihonbashi district,
muro greenhouse  
machi quarter Muro quarter,
san three  
chō house block  
me count suffix 3rd house block,
kyū nine  
ban number  
chi earth, land number 9,
katsu slide  
kei think  
temple Kokkeidō

English print title in red in bottom margin reading: A rainy morning in spring.


  • Merritt, Helen, and Yamada, Nanako (1992). Guide to Modern Japanese Woodblock Prints: 1900 - 1975. Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Press.
  • Narazaki, Muneshige, ed. (1990). Ukiyo-e Masterpieces in Western collections. The Robert O. Muller Collection. Tokyo: Kodansha International.
  • Newland, Amy Reigle, and Shinji, Hamanaka (2000). The female image. Leiden: Hotei Publishing.

Provenance: Artelino

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