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Mount Fuji and Young Girl from the portfolio Loving Service Seal Hanga

Japanese Color Woodblock Print 

Mount Fuji and Young Girl

from the portfolio Loving Service Seal Hanga

by Onchi Kōshirō, 1953



IHL Cat. #1298a (outside folding cover with prints by Onchi Kōshirō (1891-1955)) 

Left: IHL Cat. 1298c - inner folder with six small gummed prints by Kitaoka Fumio (1918-2007)
Right: IHL Cat. 1298b - inner folder with four small gummed prints by Shinagawa Takumi (1908-2009)


About These Prints

Onchi created the front and back covers of this portfolio which contains ten perforated gummed prints by the artists Kitaoka Fumio (1918-2007) and Shinagawa Takumi (1908-2009)published by The Central Community Chest of Japan, Inc. to familiarize foreigners with the revival of Japanese woodblock printing. In addition to the two sets of gummed prints the portfolio contains an introduction to the Japanese Woodcut Print by Onchi and a historical overview of the Japanese Woodcut Print, as shown below.

Exterior of inner folder
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Left: Interior of inner folder with six small gummed prints by Kitaoka Fumio (1918-2007)
Right: Interior of inner folder with four small gummed prints by Shinagawa Takumi (1908-2009)

The cover prints by Onchi which are not listed in the catalog raisonné of his prints, Prints of Onchi Koshiro, are two of his last works.  The notes in the portfolio state that the prints were "done by an expert printer under strict supervision of the artist, because larger number of prints are required than usual."

For details on the small prints contained in the folder please see IHL Cat. #977 and IHL Cat. #976.

Loving Service Seal Hanga
In addition to this portfolio The Community Chest issued one other portfolio with the cover created by Maekawa Senpan (1888-1960) and the small prints designed by Hatsuyama Shigeru (1897-1973), as shown below.  



Print Details

 IHL Catalog  #1298a, b, c
 Title  Loving Service Hanga Seal (complete portfolio)
 Series  
 Artist 
 Onchi Kōshirō (1891-1955)
 Signature 
 K. Onchi appearing on the print of the young girl
 Seal (of the artist)
孝 kō appearing on the print of Mt. Fuji
 Publication Date  July 1953
 Edition  n/a
 Publisher  The Central Community Chest of Japan, Inc.
 Impression  excellent
 Colors  excellent
 Condition  good - light toning
 Genre  sosaku-hanga (creative print)
 Miscellaneous
 Format  
 H x W Paper  outside folder with Onchi prints: 11 1/8 x 16 9/16 in. (28.3 x 42.1 cm)
 H x W Image  print of Mt. Fuji: 10 5/16 x 8 5/16 in. (26.2 x 21.1 cm)
 print of Young Girl: 8 1/8 x 5 3/4 in. (20.6 x 14.6 cm)
 Collections This Print  The British Museum 1989,0314,0.103
 Reference Literature  
last updated:
5/25/2019
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