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*NOTE: The black or white borders around many of the publisher's seals were added

by us to set them off graphically when isolated and do not exist on the prints themselves.

 

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PUBLISHER

KANJI

KANA

LOCATION

EXAMPLE

SEAL

ARTISTS
DATES

Harima-ya Shinshichi

Marks #097

播磨屋

新七

はりまや
しんしち

Edo

 

The Toyokuni I print

to the right comes

from the Lyon Collection.

 

Click on it to see

more information.

 

 

 

Marks seal #01-002

Haruji, Harunobu,

Kiyonaga, Kunimasa,

Shun'ei, Shunkaku,

Shunsho, Toyokuni I,

Utamaro, Utamaro II

Andreas Marks gives

the dates as ca. 1762 to the 1790s,

but we know or believe that

 this publisher was

still operating in ca. 1810.

 

 

 

 

 

Hasegawa Sonokichi

(Seal name - Ōmiya

近江屋 or  おうみや or おおみや

firm name -Hasegawa Enkichi? - see note below)

Marks #101

長谷川

園吉

はせがわ
そのきち

Tokyo

Andreas Marks notes that this particular seal was used between 1889-90.

 

Marks seal #30-048

 

Marks gives the text within this seal as Nihonbashi-ku Kotenmachō Sanchōme 17-banchi, Hasegawa Sonokichi

Chikanobu, Chikashige,

Ikuhide, Kiyochika,

Kōgyo,

Kokunimasa, Kōtō, Kunichika,

 Kuninao II, Kunisada III,

Kunitoshi, Kyōko, Nobukazu

& Torashige

As early as 1877 or earlier

to as late as 1904  or later

 

Andreas Marks gives

the dates as ca. 1877

to 1905

"Sonokichi is written 其吉 until c. 1883, thereafter written 園吉. Sometimes the publisher name is misread as Hasegawa Enkichi. Identical with Ōmiya Sonokichi 近江其吉." Quoted from: Publishers of Japanese Woodblock Prints: A Compendium by Dr. Andreas Marks, p. 138.

     

 

     

Hayashi-ya Shōgorō

(Seal name - Rinshō 林庄)

Marks #106

林屋

庄五郎

はやしや

しょうごろう

Edo

Partial view. In the

box below is a full

example from a

different source.

Marks notes that this particular seal was used between 1847-58.

Marks seal #22-049

Gengyo, Hiroshige,

Kuniyoshi, Sadahide,

Toyokuni III,

 Yoshiiku and Yoshitsuya

Andreas Marks gives

the dates as ca. 1845-63

 

 

The Kuniyoshi print

to the right comes

from the Lyon Collection.

 

Click on it to see

more information.

 

Marks seal #22-049 -

full view

 

Andreas Marks notes that this particular seal was used between 1847-58.

 

 

The Kuniyoshi print

to the right comes

from the Lyon Collection.

 

Click on it to see

more information.

 

This seal is not in

Marks, but is closest

to #11-002.

 

 

Hirano-ya Chōemon

Marks #112

平野屋

長右衛門

ひろのや

ちょうえもん

Edo

 

The Kunisada print

to the right comes

from the Lyon Collection.

 

Click on it to see

more information.

 

Marks seal #02-055

Eizan, Hiroshige,

Kunikane, Kuninao, Kunisada, Kunitsugu

Kuniyasu, Shuntei,

Toyokuni I

Andreas Marks gives

the dates as ca. 1805-20

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hirano-ya Shinzō

(Seal name - Hirashin 平新,

 firm name - Aikindō 愛錦堂)

Marks #114

平野屋

新蔵

ひろのや

しんぞう

Edo

There is no link to the

 triptych shown above.

Andreas Marks notes that this particular seal was used between 1861-66.

 

Marks seal #24-090

Hiroshige II, Hiroshige III,

 Kunichika, Kunihisa,

Kunihisa II, Toyokuni III,

Yoshiiku,

Yoshikazu & Yoshitora

As early as 1861 or earlier to as late as 1881 or later

 

Andreas Marks gives

the dates as 1861

to ca. 1869

 There is a Torii Kiyoshige print in the MFA in Boston. It dates from ca. 1731 and they identify it as being published by Hirano-ya Shinzō.

The Museum für angewandte Kunst in Vienna gives the earlier date of ca. 1845 for the start of this publisher.

"Hiranoya Shinzō started in the publishing business in the second month of 1861 by taking over the business of the small publisher Nishinomiya Shinkichi. No publications by Nishinomiya Shinkichi are known..."

Source and quote from: Japanese Woodblock Prints: Artists, Publishers and Masterworks 1680-1900, by Andreas Marks, p. 308.

 

 

         

Hirookaya Kosuke

(aka Hiroka-ya Kosuke,  Hiroko & Eisendo)

Name correction made

on 11/17/12.

 

Marks #117

広岡屋

幸助

ひろおかや
こうすけ

Edo/Tokyo

 

Marks

seal #12-059

 

Andreas Marks notes that this particular seal was used between 1860-68.

Hiroshige II,

Kunihisa II,

Kunisada II,

Toyokuni III,

Yoshifusa, Yoshiiku,

Yoshitora & Yoshitoshi

As early as ca. 1859 or earlier to as late as 1874 or later

 

Andreas Marks gives the

dates ca. 1858 to 1874

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hōeidō

(aka Takenuchi Magohachi - this name was corrected on 11/17/12.)

Marks #525

保永堂

 

Edo

 

Marks seal

#12-051 is the

closest example

given to this

one, but it is not exactly the same.

Eisen, Hiroshige & Kunisada

As early as ca. 1832 or earlier to as late as 1838 or later

   

 

       

Honsei

 Andreas Marks gives this publisher's name as Honya Seishichi and Honsei as the seal name.

(Seal name - Shōhon-ya Seishichi

正本屋清七, family name -

Tamaoki Seishichi)

2 variants shown

Marks #123

本清

ほんせい

Osaka

There is no longer a link

to the print shown above.

Andreas Marks notes that this particular seal was used between 1817-38.

Marks seal #25-527

 Ashihiro, Ashiharu, Ashiyuki,

Fujikuni, Ganjōsai,

Hikokuni, Hironobu,

 Hokkai, Hokuchō, Hokuei, Hokuju,

 Hokushū, Kuniharu, Kunihiro,

 Kunimasu, Kunishige,

Masakuni, Nagahide,

Sadahiro, Sadamasu,

 Sadanobu, Sadayoshi, Shibakuni, Shigeharu, Shunchō,

Shunshi, Shunyo,

Shunzan, Shunzei,Tanko,

 Toyohide, Umekuni, Yoshikuni,

 Yoshiume, Yoshitaki &  Yoshitoyo

As early as 1816 to

as late as 1854 or later

 

Andreas Marks gives the

dates ca. 1803 to 1896

The Museum für angewandte Kunst in Vienna gives the earlier date of ca. 1804 for the start of this publisher.

 

 

 

 

There is no longer a link

to the print shown above.

 

 

 

Hori Takichi

(aka Ōta-ya Takichi)

 

Marks #423

 

 

Edo

There is no longer a link

to the print shown above.

Andreas Marks notes that this particular seal was used between 1848-60s.

 

Marks seal #01-119

Kuniyoshi, Toyokuni III

& Yoshiiku

As early as 1848 or earlier to as late as 1864 or later

Andreas Marks identifies this publisher under the heading of Ōta-ya Takichi and we agree. A fuller entry on this publisher can be found on our N thru Z publisher page.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Iba-ya

Kyūbei

(Seal name -

 Ibakyū 伊場久,

  firm name -

Kinseidō 錦政堂)

Marks #126

伊場屋

久兵衛

いばや

きゆうべ

Edo

 

The print shown to the right  is not one we have offered. However, it has a publisher's seal which we want to display for your information. The image  has been sent to us from a private collection. We are grateful for this contribution to our site.

 

Marks seal

#19-040

 

Andreas Marks notes that this particular seal was used in 1829.

Eizan, Hiroshige,

as both Kunisada

and Toyokuni III,  

Kuniyoshi, Sadashige,

Sadatora,

 Utamaro,

Yoshitomi

The Museum für angewandte Kunst in Vienna gives the dates of ca. 1804-1868 for this publisher.

 

 

The Kuniyoshi print

to the right is

from the Lyon Collecton.

 

Click on the image

to see more information.

 

Marks seal

#11-005

 

 

The Kuniyoshi print

to the right is

from the Lyon Collecton.

 

Click on the image

to see more information.

 

Marks seal

#21-068

 

Andreas Marks notes that this particular seal was used in 1845.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Iba-ya

Senzaburō

(Seal name - Ibasen,

firm name - Dansendō)

3 variants shown

Marks #127

伊場屋仙三郎

 

いばや

せんざぶろう

Edo

There is no longer a link

to the print shown above.

 

Andreas Marks notes that this particular seal was used between 1840s-52.

 

Marks seal

#11-001

Hiroshige, Hiroshige II,

Kunisada II, Kuniyoshi,

Sadahide,

Toyokuni I,

Toyokuni III, Yoshifuji,

Yoshiiku

As early as ca. 1827 or earlier to as late as 1859 or later

 

Andreas Marks gives the

dates ca. 1815 to 1869

The Museum für angewandte Kunst in Vienna gives the earliest date of ca. 1818 for this publisher

"Ibaya Senzaburō specialized in fan prints showing a broad range of subjects." Quoted from: Japanese Woodblock Prints: Artists, Publishers and Masterworks 1680-1900 by Andreas Marks, p. 266.

 

 

The print to the right is

from the Lyon Collection.

Click on it to go to its

full page.

 

 

The print to the right is

from the Lyon Collection.

Click on it to go to its

full page.

 

Marks seal

#21-095

 

Andreas Marks notes that this particular seal was used between 1845-54.

 

 

Idzutsu-ya Denbee

CORRECTION:

We gave the wrong

Marks #, but it has

been put right.

Marks #186

Marks uses the alternate spelling 'Izutsuya'.

井筒屋

伝兵衞

 

いづつや

でんべえ

Osaka

There is no link to the

Hokushū print shown above.

 

Marks seal

#07-030

Ashiyuki, Chikakuni,

Ganjōsai,

Hidekuni,

Hikokuni,

Hokuei, Hokuho,

Hokumei,  Hokushū, Kiyokuni, Kunihiro.  Sadakazu, Shibakuni,

Shuncho,

Shunju, Shunkō,

Tamikuni,  

Toshikuni, Umeharu,  Umekuni,  Yoshikuni. Yoshiyuki

As early as 1820 or earlier to as late as 1834 or later

 

Marks gives the dates

as ca. 1822-35.

 

 

 

 

Imari-ya Ushizō

Marks #138

今利屋

丑蔵

りや

うしぞう

Edo

Andreas Marks gives no specific dates for this seal.

As Kunisada &

Toyokuni III,

Kuniyasu,

Toyokuni I, Toyokuni II

As early as 1818 or earlier to as late as ca. 1847-50 or later

 

 

         

Ise-Mago

(aka Iseson)

Marks #150

Marks refers to this

publisher as Iseya Magobei.

伊勢

いせ

まご

Edo

Andreas Marks notes that this particular seal was used between 1794-98 and again between 1804-12.

Kunimasa, Kunisada,

 Toyokuni I, Utamaro

The print shown to the right  is not one we have offered. However, it has a publisher's seal which we want to display for your information. The image  has been sent to us from ED. We are grateful for this contribution to our site.

Possibly as early as ca. 1796

to as late as ca. 1813-15

   

 

       

Ise-ya Ichibei

(Seal name -

Kaku-Tsuji 角辻 and

Iseichi 伊勢市)

Marks #143

Marks gives lists this publisher

under the name Iseya Ichiemon.

伊勢屋市兵衛

いせや

いちべ え

Edo

 

Marks seal

#24-068

Hiroshige, Hiroshige II,

 Hokusai,

Kunihisa II,

Kuniyoshi,

Toyokuni II,

 Toyokuni III

The print shown to the right  is not one we have offered. However, it has a publisher's seal which we want to display for your information.

As early as 1843 or earlier to as late as 1852 or later

 

Andreas Marks gives

the dates as ca. 1823

to 1864

 

         

Ise-ya Kanekichi

(Seal name - Isekane)

2 variants shown

(cf. Kichi listed below)

Marks #145

伊勢屋

兼吉 

いせや
かねきち

Edo

Andreas Marks notes that this particular seal was used between 1850s-71.

 

Marks seal

#21-059

Gengyo, Hiroshige,

Hiroshige II,

Hiroshige III,

Kunichika, Kunihisa II,

Kunisada II,

Kuniteru, Kuniteru II,

Kuniyoshi, 

Kyōsai, Sadahide,

Shigeharu, Toyokuni III,

Yoshikazu, Yoshitora,

Yoshitsuya & Yoshitoshi

As early as 1847 or earlier

to as late as 1872 or later

 

Andreas Marks gives

the dates as the late 1840s

to ca. 1875

The Museum für angewandte Kunst in Vienna gives the earliest date of ca. 1845 for this publisher

 

 

 

Osaka

There is no longer a link to this print.

 

 

 

Ise-ya Kanekichisaburō

伊勢屋

兼吉三郎

いせや
かねきちぶろう

Tokyo

The print shown to the right  is not one we have offered. However, it has a publisher's seal which we want to display for your information. The image  has been sent to us from the Eikei (英渓) Collection. We are grateful for this contribution to our site.

Yoshitoshi

We know they were publishing in 1865, but beyond that we know nothing else so far.

 

 

Ise-ya Rihei

(seal name - Kinjudō,

family name - Yamamoto Rihei)

3 variants shown

Marks #152

伊勢屋

利兵衛

いせや

りへえ

Tokyo

Chikanobu, Eisen, Eizan, Hiroshige, Hokusai, Kunichika,

Kunisada, Kuniyasu,

Kuniyoshi, Sadakage,

Shuntei, Toyokuni I,

Toyokuni II, Utamaro,

Yoshiiku, Yoshimori,

Yoshitora & Yoshitoshi

As early as ca. 1795-6

or earlier to as late as 1874 or later

 

Andreas Marks gives the

dates 1790s to ca. 1879

The Museum für angewandte Kunst in Vienna gives the earliest date of ca. 1789 for this publisher

Edo

 

Marks seal

#01-122

 

Andreas Marks notes that this particular seal was used between 1810s-67.

 

 

 

Edo

 

 

Ise-ya Sanjirō

(Seal name - Isesan 伊勢三,

firm name - Eijudō 栄樹堂)

Marks #153

伊勢屋

三次郎

いせや

さんじろう

Edo

 

The print shown to the right  is not one we have offered. However, it has a publisher's seal which we want to display for your information. The image  has been sent to us from the Eikei (英渓) Collection. We are grateful for this contribution to our site.

 

Marks seal

#22-046

 

Marks notes that this seal was used in the 1860s.

Hokusai, Kunisada,

 Kuniyoshi & Sadatora

Active as early as ca. 1825 or earlier to as late as 1836 or later

 

Andreas Marks gives

the dates of ca. 1823

to 4th Month, 1852

 

 

 

Ise-ya Shōnosuke

(Seal name - Isesho 伊勢庄,

firm names - Shōgyokudō 松延堂

and Shōgyokudō 松玉堂)

Marks #155

伊勢屋

庄之助

いせや

しょうのすけ

Edo

 

Marks seal

#22-231

 

Marks notes that this seal was used in the 1860s.

 

Keinen, Kunichika,

Kunisada III,

Sadahide, Toyokuni III,

Yoshimasa, Yoshimori,

Yoshitora, Yoshitsuya

Andreas Marks gives

the dates of ca. 1848

to 1882

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ise-ya

Tōkichi

(Seal names - Isetō 伊勢藤 &

Daikyōdō 大喬堂)

Marks #158

伊勢屋

藤吉

いせや

とうきち

 

Edo

The print shown to the right  is not one we have offered. However, it has a publisher's seal which we want to display for your information. The image  has been sent to us by M.B. We are grateful for this contribution to our site.

Andreas Marks notes that this particular seal was used in 1863.

Ikumaru, Kunichika,

Kunitaka, Kuniteru II, 

Kunitomi, Kunitsuru,

Sadahide & Toyokuni III,

Yoshifuji,

Yoshiharu, Yoshiiku

 & Yoshikata

As early as 1840 or earlier

to as late as 1865 or later

 

Andreas Marks gives

the dates of 9th Month, 1862

to ca. 1868

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ise Yoshi

Marks #U095

伊勢芳

いせ.よし

Edo

There is no longer a link to this print.

Kuniyoshi, Toyokuni III

& Yositora

As early as 1855 or earlier to as late as 1859 or later

 

Andreas Marks gives

the dates of ca. 1855-60

The Museum für angewandte Kunst in Vienna gives the dates of ca. 1845-1868 for this publisher

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Ito-ya Shōbei

(Firm name - Itoshō 糸庄)

Marks #167

糸屋

庄兵衛

いとや

しょうべい

Edo

Andreas Marks notes that this particular seal was used between 1860-63.

Hiroshige II, Kunitsuna,

Sadahide, Yoshimune

&Toyokuni III

Ca. 6th Month,1847 to 1865

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Itō-ya Yohei

(Firm name - Eiseidō

英盛堂)

Marks #168

伊藤屋

与兵衛

いとうや
ょへえ

Edo

Andreas Marks notes that this particular seal was used between 1800s-30s.

Eisen, Kunikane,

Kunisada, Shuntei

Toyokuni I & Yoshitora

Ca. 1804-30

 

Andreas Marks gives

the dates of ca. 1806-30s

 

 

 

Iwato-ya Kisaburō

(seal name - Iwa:

firm name - Eirindō)

Marks #173

岩戸屋

喜三郎 

いわとや

きさぶろう

Edo

 

The print shown to the right  is not one we have offered. However, it has a publisher's seal which we want to display for your information. The image  has been sent to us from ED. We are grateful for this contribution to our site.

Andreas Marks notes that this particular seal was used between 1760s-1820s.

Chōki, Eiri,

Eisen, Eishi,

Eishō, Eizan,

Enshi, Hiroshige,Hokusai,

Kiyomitsu, Kuniharu,

Kunisada, Kuniyasu,

Shigemasa, Shunchō,

Shun'ei, Shunkō II,

Shunsen, Shuntei,

Toyoharu, Toyomaru,

 Toyokuni I, Toyokuni II,

Tsukimaro, Utamaro

& Utamaro II

As early as 1767

to as late as 1844?

Andreas Marks says

that this publisher was

active from the 1760s to 1832.

The Museum für angewandte Kunst in Vienna gives the dates of ca. 1744-1844 for this publisher

According to Andreas Marks in his Japanese Woodblock Prints: Artists, Publishers and Masterworks 1680-1900 (p. 202) this publisher joined the Picture Book and Print Publishers Guild in 1807 and the Book Publishers Guild in 1812. "From 1811 until 1815 he was active as a censor of prints."Marks adds important information about Iwato-ya role in the early development of Hiroshige: "In the late 1810s, when the young and unknown Hiroshige started to design woodblock prints, he found in Iwatoya Kisaburō an established publisher who supported him and took on the risk to issue his designs. Hiroshige, being Toyhiro's student, might have been introduced to Iwatoya from his teacher who had illustrated for him at least four books during the 1800s. Until c. 1822, Hiroshige designed series of beautiful women for Iwatoya and, from time to time, was also commissioned to illustrate books. None of these works reached great fame but they prove that Hiroshige tried for over ten years to find his own subject matter and it is to Iwatoya's credit to have employed Hiroshige despite the fact that his works did not receive that much attention." Marks is also definitive about the end date for this publisher: "The last known publication is an actor print from early 1832. It is a memorial print by Utagawa Kuniharu (1807-1839) of the actors Segawa Kikunojō V and Bandō Mitsugorō III (1775-1832) who both passed away in early 1832."

 

 

 

 

 

 

Izumi-ya Ichibei
(seal name - Sen'ichi

 firm name - Kansendō)

3 variants shown

Marks #180

和泉屋

市兵衛 

いずみや

いちべ え
 

Edo

 

Andreas Marks notes that this particular seal was used in 1853.

Eiri, Eisen, Eishi, Eishō,

Eizan, Hiroshige,

Hiroshige II, Hiroshige III,

Kiyonaga, Kuninaga,

Kunimitsu I,

as Kunisada & Toyokuni III,

Kunisada II, Kunisato, 

Kuniteru, Kuniteru II,

Kunitomi,

Kuniyoshi, Kyōsai,

Masayoshi,

Sadahide, Shunchō,

Shunkō II, Shunsen,

Shuntei, Toyoharu,

Toyohiro, Toyokiyo, Toyokuni I, Toyokuni II, 

Utamaro, Utamaro II, Yoshifuji,

Yoshifusa,

Yoshikazu, Yoshitora

& Yoshitori-jo

As early as ca. 1777

to as late as 1862

 

Peter Kornicki in his The Book in Japan: A Cultural History from the Beginnings to the Nineteenth Century (p. 172) says that this publisher "...was active over several generations from the end of the seventeenth century to the late nineteenth century..."

 

Andrea Marks gives us a more accurate dating for the lifespan of this firm: Ca. 1686 to 1886

The Museum für angewandte Kunst in Vienna gives the end date of 1880 for this publisher.

Andrea Marks says: "With several hundred prints Izumiya Ichibei is among the most successful and productive publishers in the history of Japanese woodblock prints. As early as 1686, Izumiya was active as a publisher but his first prints date from around 1776, ninety years later." Marks gives of some of the dates of the various holders of the house name: Ichibei I died in 1730; Ichibei II in 1753; #3 in 1781; #4 in 1823 and #5 in 1826.

 

"In the book 'Gathering of Views of Famous Sights along the Tōkaidō' (Tōkaidō meisho zue) from 1797

is an illustration of Izumiya's shop, located directly next to fellow publisher Masuya."

 

"In 1790, Izumiya was a founding member of the Picture Book and Print Publishers Guild (Jihon toiya) and was still listed as a member in 1807 and in 1851 as a member of the Old Faction (Motogumi) of the guild. In the ninth month of 1820 he is also a founding member of the Book Publishers Guild (Shomotsu toiya) and in 1851 a member of the Nakadōri Faction (Nakadōrigumi) of this guild." In 1812 and 1813 he functioned as a censor. Dr. Marks ends his text entry on this publisher with this: "Following the new rules, Izumiya Ichibei signed as Yamanaka Ichibei since 1876. The last known publications date to 1886, indicating that the publishing firm ceased to exist after being in business for 200 years." Source and quotes from Japanese Woodblock Prints: Artists, Publishers and Masterworks 1680-1900 (p. 208).

The Utamaro print

shown to the right is

from the Lyon Collection.

 

Click on it to see more information.

 

 

Marks seal #25-365

Andreas Marks notes that this particular seal was used in the 1830s.

 

Marks seal #25-363

 

This seal is not

in Marks.

 

 

Izu-San

 

いず

さん

Edo

Kuniyoshi

Active as early as 1851 to

as late as 1853 or later

 Robinson spells this as Idzu-San

           

Izutsu-ya

Shōkichi

(aka Enomoto-ya Kichibei & Yamashiro-ya Tōkei)

Marks #188

井筒屋

庄吉

いづつや

しょうきち

Edo

The print shown to the right  is not one we have offered. However, it has a publisher's seal which we want to display for your information. An anonymous correspondent has been kind enough to let us display it

Eisho, Kunisada, Kuniyasu,

Kuniyoshi, Sadahide, Shuntei,

Toyokuni I & Yoshitora

Active as early as 1796 or earlier to as late as 1861 or later

The Museum für angewandte Kunst in Vienna gives the dates of ca. 1772-1844 for this publisher

       

 

 

Marks seal #24-055

Marks says that this

seal was used between

XII/1852 and 1865.

       

 

To the right is an alternative

seal for Izutsu-ya
Shōkichi.

Andreas Marks notes that this particular seal was used between the 3rd Month, 1852 to 1855.

 

 

 

 

Jōshū-ya Jūzō

Marks #191

上州屋

重蔵

じょうしゅうや

じゅうぞう

Edo

The print shown to the right  is not one we have offered. It has been contributed to this site by K. S. of Germany. For this we are grateful.

Andreas Marks notes that this particular seal was used between 1812-60s.

Hiroshige II, Hōshō,

Kiyomitsu II,

as both Kunisada & Toyokuni III,

Kunisada II, Kunisada III,

Kuniteru,

Kuniyasu, Kuniyoshi

Kyōsai,

Sadafusa, Shuntei,

Toyokuni I, Yoshiiku,

Yoshimune,

 Yoshitomi & Yoshitsuya

As early as ca. 1827

to as late as ca. 1865

 

Andrea Marks gives two

different dates for the start

of this publishing firm - ca. 1812

and ca. 1823, but we believe

this is probably due to an

 editing error. The end date is

1876.

"There has been some confusion with the publisher's first name being Jūzō or Jūbei, as the seals that Jōshūya mostly used do not tell that information. One source tells us that Jūzō inherited the business in the second month of 1862 from his father Jūbei  [兵衛] and Jūzō's son was Jūshichi. Another source says that in the ninth month of 1863 the son Chiyomatsu inherited the business and took the name Jūzō. However, an inheritance in 1862/63 by Jūzō is contradicted by the name Jūzō appearing on some prints from the 1830s and 1840s as well as being listed in the Guild members from 1851. In fact, it was Jūbei who inherited the business from Jūzō as a game board by Hiroshige II exists... with his name on it. Unfortunately a date for this game board could not be verified." Source and quotes from Japanese Woodblock Prints: Artists, Publishers and Masterworks 1680-1900 by Andreas Marks, p. 256.

This seal was used on

a Toyokuni III print

in 1843-5

Andreas Marks notes that this particular seal was used between 1844-45.

 

 

Jōshū-ya Kinzō

(aka Shofukudō)

Marks #192

上州屋

金蔵

じょうしゅうや

きんぞう

Edo

Eisen, Hiroshige,

as both Kunisada & Toyokuni III,

Kuniteru, Kuniyoshi, Kyōsai,

Toyokuni II, Yoshifuji

Yoshiiku, Yoshikazu, Yoshitora

& Yoshitori-jo

As early as the later 1820s or earlier to as late as 1864 or later

The Museum für angewandte Kunst in Vienna gives the earliest date of ca. 1818 for this publisher

     

The Kuniyoshi print

shown to the right is

from the Lyon Collection.

 

Click on it to see more information.

 

Marks seal #22-057

       

To the right is an alternative

seal for Jōshū-ya Kinzō.

 

Marks seal #25-293

 

Andreas Marks notes that this particular seal was used between 1860-64.

       

Andreas Marks notes that this particular seal was used between 1841-64.

 

 

       
   

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