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Asakusa Stalls, The Palace Plaza, The Palace Moat, Kan-eiji Pagoda, The Kabuki Theater, Shinjuku Garden from the portfolio Loving Service Seal Hanga

Behind the Stage from the series The Face of Tokyo
 

Japanese Woodblock Print

Asakusa Stalls, The Palace Plaza, The Palace Moat,

Kan-eiji Pagoda, The Kabuki Theater, Shinjuku Garden from the portfolio Loving Service Seal Hanga

by Kitaoka Fumio, 1953

Midday at the Beach


IHL Cat. #977

About These Prints

Six tiny prints by the artist, printed on a gummed paper and tipped into the portfolio titled, strangely, Loving Service Hanga Seal, published by The Central Community Chest of Japan, Inc. to familiarize foreigners with the revival of Japanese woodblock printing.  Descriptions for each print are printed underneath the print as shown below.  I imagine the small prints were designed as envelope seals, given they were printed on gummed paper.

Asakusa Stalls, The Palace Plaza, The Palace Moat,
Kan-eiji Pagoda, The Kabuki Theater, Shinjuku Garden
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Loving Service Seal Hanga

The front and back covers of this portfolio are color woodblock prints by Onchi Kōshirō (1891-1955). Unfortunately, the Onchi woodblocks, pictured below, are missing from this collection's portfolio. The missing cover prints are some of the last works created by Onchi and are not listed in the catalog raisoneé of his prints, Prints of Onchi Koshiro.

An inner folder contains an introduction to the "Japanese Woodcut Print" by Onchi on its front cover and the back cover contains a historical overview of the "Japanese Woodcut Print." The folder encloses ten small woodblock print seals by the noted sosaku hanga (creative print) artists Kitaoka Fumio (1918-2007) and Shinagawa Takumi (1908-2009)1 , each captioned beneath the prints on the sheet they are tipped to. 




 front cover of inner folder
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back cover of inner folder
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six prints by Kitaoka Fumio (1918-2007)
tipped into the inner folder
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four prints by Shinagawa Takumi (1908-2009)
tipped into the inner folder
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Description of Kitaoka prints
located underneath the prints
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  Description of Shinagawa prints
located underneath the prints
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Pictured above is the outside cover of the portfolio consisting of two woodblock prints
created by the foremost print-maker of his generation and a founder
of the sosaku-hanga (creative print) movement Onchi Kōshirō (1891-1955)
The inside rear cover of the inner folder states "The work on the back cover is
adapted for framing as it may be desired." 
Note: These Onchi prints which make up the outside cover of the portfolio are missing
from this collection's portfolio.


Print Details

 IHL Catalog #977
 Title Six small prints titled Asakusa Stalls, The Palace Plaza, The Palace Moat, Kan-eiji Pagoda, The Kabuki Theater, Shinjuku Garden
 Series from the portfolio Loving Service Seal Hanga
 Artist 
 Kitaoka Fumio (1918-2007)
 Signature 
 F. Kitaoka printed below each small print
 Seal none
 Publication Date July 1953
 Edition n/a
 Publisher The Central Community Chest of Japan, Inc.
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition excellent
 Genre sosaku-hanga (creative print)
 Miscellaneous
 Format 
 H x W Paper 7 x 4 7/8 (43.8 x 29.8 cm) dimensions are for the entire printed gummed sheet tipped into the presentation page
 H x W Image 5 7/8 x 4 (39.7 x 28.9 cm) dimensions are for the area inside the perforations surrounding the six prints
 Collections This Print The British Museum 1989,0314,0.103
 Reference Literature 
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