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Toy Horse

Sukiya Bridge (Sukiyabashi) from the series Scenes of Last Tokyo

Japanese Color Woodblock Print 

Toy Horse

by Hiratsuka Un'ichi, 1963


IHL Cat. #647

About This Print

Source: website of the artist's grandchildren http://www.unichihiratsuka.com/recollections_of_a_master_artist and as footnoted.

Penelope Moore, granddaughter of Hiratsuka Un'ichi, commenting on this print wrote "This was a carousel horse outside a party goods store on Wisconsin Ave and Van Ness St."1  Further elaborating, Penelope remembered being with her grandfather when he sketched this print in their Washington, D.C. neighborhood: "Occasionally, when he was in a patient mood, he took my sister or me, and brought a collapsable 3-legged stool, easel, and either canvasses or sketchpads.... Sidwell Friends, Sullivan Toys, the Zebra Room, G.C. Murphy, Giant Foods, the Savings and Loan Bank which was recently a Starbucks, the Johnson Flower Shop... all of these were part of our weekly hauntings. My mother used to buy flowers at Johnson's for classes or for my grandfather to draw. There was a small old farmhouse next to the Flower Center, right across from the deep dish Chicago Pizzaria - This was a small shop that sold party goods, and given the absence of a sign or any palpable activity, I don't think they did much business. An old carousel horse on the porch had caught Ojichan's eye, and over a period of several hours, he sketched it with gusto and it became one of my favorite woodblocks."

1 E-mail received by seller from Penelope Moore during print's auction window.

Print Details

 IHL Catalog  #647
 Title  Toy Horse
 Series  
 Artist
 Hiratsuka Un'ichi (1895-1997)
 Signature
 Un-ichi Hiratsuka (in pencil bottom margin)
 Seal  artist's seal
 Date  1963
 Edition  
 Publisher  self-published
 Printer  the artist
 Impression  excellent
 Colors  excellent
 Condition  good - mat line around image; margins unevenly trimmed; two spots verso from previous mounting
 Genre  sosaku hanga (creative print)
 Miscellaneous
 Format  
 H x W Paper  5 1/2 x 7 7/8 (14 x 20 cm)
 H x W Image  3 5/8 x 6 1/8 (9.2 x 15.6 cm)
 Collections This Print  
 Reference Literature  

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