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Ships at Night

Ducks with Flowering Plum
 

 Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Ships at Night

by Tsukioka Kōgyo, c. 1900

Fireflies


IHL Cat. #1193

IHL Cat. #1716

About This Print

An unusual subject for the artist.  The print exists in several color variations, two of which are in this collection.  Print IHL Cat. #1193 is the darkest of the color variations I've seen. It carries the "Toshihisa" seal (see Print Details below) of the artist, while other copies of this print that I've seen, including this collection's IHL Cat. #1716, do not.

Source: The Beauty of Silence: Nō and Nature Prints by Tsukioka Kōgyo (1869-1927), Robert Schaap & J. Thomas Rimer, Hotei Publishing, 2010, p. 151.
"In this composition, a fire in the distance illuminates the sky and creates an effective backdrop to the three moored boats." 

Print Variations

 

 

 


The type of boats pictured in the print are likely kitamaebune 北前船 (large cargo ships) that were in wide use into the 20th century plying the Japan Sea.  The below photo is dated 1880 and is titled "Japanese Junk".


Print Details

 IHL Catalog  #1193; #1716
 Title (Description)
 untitled (Ships at Night)
 Series  
 Artist 
 Tsukioka Kōgyo (1869-1927)
 Signature 

 IHL Cat. #1193
gyo 耕漁
and Toshihisa seal 
IHL Cat. #1716
 Kōgyo 耕漁 

 Seal
 IHL Cat. #1193: Toshihisa seal 年久(as shown above)
 IHL Cat. #1716: no seal
 Date  c. 1900
 Publisher  Matsuki Heikichi (Daikokuya Heikichi 大黒屋平) [Marks: pub. ref. 029]
 Impression  excellent
 Colors  excellent
 Condition  IHL Cat. #1193: fair - damage to lower left corner; wrinkling throughout; repair on verso along bottom
 IHL Cat. #1716: good - some paper damage along bottom
 Genre  ukiyo-e
 Miscellaneous   
 Format  shikishiban
 H x W Paper  IHL Cat. #1193: 9 3/8 x 9 13/16 in. (23.8 x 24.9 cm)
 IHL Cat. # 1716: 9 1/2 x 9 15/16 in. (24.1 x 25.2 cm)
 Collections This Print  
 Reference Literature  The Beauty of Silence: Nō and Nature Prints by Tsukioka Kōgyo (1869-1927), Robert Schaap & J. Thomas Rimer, Hotei Publishing, 2010, p. 151.

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