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Small Format Prints - Shin Hanga and Ukiyo-e Reproductions

Small Format Shin Hanga and Ukiyo-e Reproductions in The Collection

Modern Ukiyo-e Reproductions and Modified Designs

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Small Format Reproduction: [After Hiroshige's] The Monkey Bridge in Kai Province
IHL Cat. #1452
 
Small Format Reproduction: [After Hiroshige's] Fuchū, Nichō-machi, No. 6 from a Hiroshige harimaz-e series Pictures of the Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido,
originally 1856
IHL Cat. #1458
 
Small Format Reproduction: [After] Paulownia Plantation at Akasaka, No. 52 from the series One Hundred Famous Views of Edo
IHL Cat. #1450


Small Format Reproduction of: Kuwana: Ferryboats at Shichiri, No. 43 from the series Famous Sights of the Fifty-three Stations
Small Format c. 1930s Reproduction of:
Kuwana: Ferryboats at Shichiri, No. 43 from the series Famous Sights of the Fifty-three Stations,
1855 by Utagawa Hiroshige

IHL Cat. #1449
 
Small Format Reproduction of: Kiyomizu Hall and Shinobazu Pond at Ueno, No. 11 from the series One Hundred Famous Views of Edo
IHL Cat. #1447
  
Small Format Reproduction of: Night View of Saruwaka-machi, No. 90 from the series One Hundred Famous Views of Edo
IHL Cat. #1448


Small Format Reproduction of: Sudden Shower over Shin-Ōhashi Bridge at Atake, No. 58 from the series One Hundred Famous Views of Edo
IHL Cat. #1444

Small Format Reproduction of: View from Massaki of Suijin Shrine, Uchigawa Inlet, and Sekiya, No. 36 from the series One Hundred Famous Views of Edo
IHL Cat. #1445

Small Format Reproduction of: Fireworks at Ryōgoku, No. 98 from the series One Hundred Famous Views of Edo
Fireworks at Ryōgoku,
No. 98
from the series
One Hundred Famous Views of Edo, 1858 by Utagawa Hiroshige

IHL Cat. #1446


 
Small Format Reproduction: [After Hasegawa Chikuyō's] Sacred Bridge from the series 12 Views of Famous Places in Nikko
Small Format c. 1930s Reproduction: [After Hasegawa Chikuyō's] Sacred Bridge from the series 12 Views of Famous Places in Nikko,
originally 1880

IHL Cat. #1451
 









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Shin Hanga Original Prints and "Pirated" Designs



Small Format Prints - Shin Hanga and Ukiyo-e Reprints

These small hand-printed woodblock prints are variously referred to as Post Card size prints (hagakiban 葉書版), Miniature prints and Small prints.  They range in size from approximately 2 x 3 in. to 3.5 x 6 in. and were made starting in the 1930s, or perhaps earlier, to fill the need for inexpensive souvenirs and greeting cards by numerous print publishers including Takemura Hideo, Shōbidō Tanaka, Doi Sasaichi (Doi Hangaten), Baba Nobuhiko, Bijutshusha, Shima Art Company, and Watanabe Shōzaburō.  Watanabe Shōzaburō in his 1936 catalog specifically notes in this 1936 catalog that “The colour-prints ranging from Small Card to Post Card are used for Christmas cards.” (fn p. 23.)  He also provides the following instructions for placing orders for these prints:

Order for Colour Prints

Hitherto my shop has frequently received orders for colour prints.  The artists of Western painting place orders for a mere interest’s sake to distribute them among their friends.  Menu cards, X’mas cards, posters, calendars, colour-print portraits, gardens, gifts connected with some remembrance, etc., have been made to order.  Because materials and expert workmen are always ready, orders are promptly executed and completed with great care. [fn p. 126]

It is not unusual to see these small prints mounted directly into a special-ordered Holiday Card, such as the one pictured below.


The designs for these small prints were often taken from previously designed oban-size prints or were newly created by both well-known and little known artists.  Some of the designs bear signatures or seals of known artists, some bear signatures or seals that cannot be read or linked with known artists and some have no signatures or seals at all, making attribution to a specific artist difficult, if not impossible. One commonly encountered seal reading “Shien” was, according to several sources (fn), a “house seal” of Watanabe publishing, with the actual designs being created by artists such as Shōtei, Ohara Shōson (Kōson), Kawase Hasui, Kasamatsu Shirō and Tsuchiya Kōitsu, three of best-known landscape designers of the period.  Many of the prints are strikingly similar in design, sometimes almost identical except for a 180 degree rotation, such as in the prints “Rainy City” or the placement of a tree branch, such as in the prints “Kinkakuji in Snow.”  It is unknown which publisher and artist originated a particular design, but the publisher Watanabe Shōzaburō made clear his concern about copied designs in the copyright notice appearing in his 1936 catalogue, as follows:

“In case any picture already issued reproduced or copied by the third person without permission, he will be sued and judged as a violation of copyright, that is, as the infringement of property right.

There had been examples that a few pictures issued by my shop were reproduced or copied without permission previous to the Great Earthquake disaster [1923] and after it.  On each occasion the violator had to pay damages and to write letters of apology.” [fn p.

The subject matter for the bulk of these small prints is landscapes, particularly of well-known scenic spots throughout Japan.  Other prints borrow from Edo-period designs or picture traditionally clad woman, in the style of bijinga, or picture birds-and-flowers (kacho-ga).


Subpages (16): Small Format Reproduction: [After Harunobu's] A Bijin Writing Poem Slips for the Tanabata Festival (Round Window) Small Format Reproduction: [After Hasegawa Chikuyō's] Sacred Bridge from the series 12 Views of Famous Places in Nikko Small Format Reproduction: [After Hiroshige's] Fuchū, Nichō-machi, No. 6 from a Hiroshige harimaz-e series Pictures of the Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido Small Format Reproduction: [After Hiroshige's] The Monkey Bridge in Kai Province Small Format Reproduction: [After Isoda Koryūsai's] Fujibakama, from the series Genji in Fashionable Modern Guise Small Format Reproduction: [After Kitagawa Utamaro's] Two Geisha and Porter in Wind and Rain at Night, from Vol. 2 of the book Flowers of the Four Seasons Small Format Reproduction: [After] Paulownia Plantation at Akasaka, No. 52 from the series One Hundred Famous Views of Edo Small Format Reproduction of: Fireworks at Ryōgoku, No. 98 from the series One Hundred Famous Views of Edo Small Format Reproduction of: Kiyomizu Hall and Shinobazu Pond at Ueno, No. 11 from the series One Hundred Famous Views of Edo Small Format Reproduction of: Kuwana: Ferryboats at Shichiri, No. 43 from the series Famous Sights of the Fifty-three Stations Small Format Reproduction of: Night View of Saruwaka-machi, No. 90 from the series One Hundred Famous Views of Edo Small Format Reproduction of: Sudden Shower over Shin-Ōhashi Bridge at Atake, No. 58 from the series One Hundred Famous Views of Edo Small Format Reproduction of: View from Massaki of Suijin Shrine, Uchigawa Inlet, and Sekiya, No. 36 from the series One Hundred Famous Views of Edo Small Format Shin Hanga: Bridge and Lantern in Evening Snow (preparatory painting and print) Small Format Shin Hanga: Cherry Tree, Lantern, Boat on Pond (preparatory painting and print) Small Format Ukiyo-e Reproductions
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