Campus of Hokkaido Imperial University, No. 1 from the portfolio Scenic Views of Sapporo Hand-printed Woodblock Collection, Volume 1

Early Spring

Japanese Color Woodblock Print 

Campus of Hokkaido Imperial University, No. 1

from the portfolio Scenic Views of Sapporo

Hand-printed Woodblock Collection, Volume 1

by Katō Tetsunosuke, c. 1947

Hokkaido Imperial University Botanical Garden, No. 2 from the portfolio Scenic Views of Sapporo Hand-printed Woodblock Collection, Volume 1


IHL Cat. 1568a
About This Print

This small print, one of five in a portfolio titled Scenic Views of Sapporo, Hand-printed Woodblock Collection, Volume 1, pictures the campus of Hokkaido Imperial University with the statue of its founder William S. Clark on a pedestal on the left.  The bust was melted down during WWII and reconstructed in 1947. The five prints in this portfolio feature scenic views on or near the campus of Hokkaido University, the former Hokkaido Imperial University.

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Title, artist, publisher as printed on backing sheet
海道帝國大學 加藤哲之助自刻自摺 札幌観光協会発行


Hokkaido Imperial University
Source: website of Hokkaido University https://www.oia.hokudai.ac.jp/about/a-proud-history/

Renamed Hokkaido University in 1947, Hokkaido Imperial University was founded as Sapporo Agricultural College in 1876 by Dr. William S. Clark, former president of the Massachusetts Agricultural College in the United States.  Its name was changed in 1907 to Agricultural College of Tohoku Imperial University and in 1918 it became the 5th university on mainland Japan to a group of seven Imperial Universities formed by the Imperial Japanese government.

Bust of Dr. William S. Clark

Print Details

 IHL Catalog  #1568a
 Title  Campus of Hokkaido Imperial University 北海道帝國大學構内 [title as written in portfolio's table of contents]
 Series  Scenic Views of Sapporo Hand-printed Woodblock Collection, Volume 1
 札幌風景手摺版画集 第一輯
 Artist 
 Katō Tetsunosuke (active c. 1925–1950)
 Signature 
 no signature 
 Seal
unread seal of artist
 Date  c. 1947
 Publisher  Sapporo Tourist Association
 札幌観光協会発行 Sapporo kankō kyōkai
 Impression  excellent
 Colors  excellent
 Condition  excellent - tipped along the top onto backing sheet
 Genre  sosaku hanga (creative print)
 Miscellaneous
 Format  
 H x W Paper  3 7/8 x 5 13/16 in. (9.8 x 14.8 cm)
 H x W Image  3 3/16 x 5 1/8 in. (8.1 x 13 cm) 
 Collections This Print  Sapporo Municipal Central Library 0206-01-119
 Reference Literature  
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