CATALOGUE OF THE EXHIBITION - ITEMS 86 TO 102
Titles with the mark solid diamond denote titles of the series while the mark open diamond denotes the sub-title. Those titles without any mark are the additions of the compiler of the catalogue.

 

 

 

Exhibitors

 

solid diamond

KISO KAIDO ROKUJŪKU TSUGI. The Sixty-Nine Stations on the Kiso Kaidō.

 

86.

open diamond

MOCHIZUKI. The full moon peeping from behind a row of rugged gnarled pines.

Dr. L. Reidhaar

 

 

DO.

 

87.

open diamond

ASHIDA. Highway in the mountains bordered with cryptomeria.

Do.

 

 

DO.

 

88.

open diamond

KARUIZAWA. Three Travellers getting Refreshment by the bonfire on the roadside at night.

Mr. T. Maeda

 

 

DO.

 

89.

open diamond

SEBA. A delicate summer scene, the dainty colouring of the sky with a wraith-like cloud over the moon is fascinating.

Mr. I. Ichihara

 

 

DO.

 

90.

open diamond

MIYA NO KOSHI. Fine Representation of Mist and Moonlight and a party of men Crossing a Bridge.

Mr. M. Uchida

 

 

DO.

 

91.

open diamond

NAKATSUGAWA. A Samurai accompanied by two attendants passing by a pine tree in a slight shower of rain. This is the first block of the print and is entirely different from the later issue. The more common issue has a willow tree in the foreground and has no rain.

Mr. Z. Matsuki

 

 

DO.

 

92.

open diamond

HOSOKUTE. Two huge pine trees arch over the roadway.

Mr. K. Ichikawa

 

 

DO.

 

93.

open diamond

TARUI. Rain Scene of a Pine Avenue.

Mr. R. Watanabe

 

 

As has been mentioned in connection with the Tōkaidō Series No. 54, the Kiso Kaidō was a great highway in the days of the Tokugawa Shogunate connecting Yedo and Kyoto. The series begins with Nihonbashi and ends with Ōtsu numbering 70 in all. They are of Ō-ban Yokoye. Of these, 23 are the works of Keisai Eisen and the rest or 47 those of Ichiryūsai-Hiroshige. The list is appended for the sake of reference.

 

 

 

1. open diamond Nihonbashi (Eisen).
2. open diamond Itabashi (Do.).
3. open diamond Warabi (Do.).
4. open diamond Urawa (Do.).
5. open diamond Ōmiya (Do.).
6. open diamond Ageo (Do.)
7. open diamond Okegawa (Do.).
8. open diamond Kōnosu (Do.)
9. open diamond Kumagaya (Do.).
10. open diamond Fukaya (Do.).
11. open diamond Honjō (Do.).
12. open diamond Shinmachi (Hiroshige).
13. open diamond Kuragano (Eisen).
14. open diamond Takasaki (Hiroshige).
15. open diamond Itabana (Eisen).
16. open diamond Annaka (Hiroshige).
17. open diamond Matsuida (Do.).
18. open diamond Sakamoto (Eisen).
 

19. open diamond Karuizawa (Hiroshige).
20. open diamond Kutsukake (Eisen).
21. open diamond Oiwake (Do.).
22. open diamond Odai (Hiroshige).
23. open diamond lwamurata (Eisen).
24. open diamond Shionata (Hiroshige).
25. open diamond Yawata (Do.).
26. open diamond Mochizuki (Do.).
27. open diamond Ashida (Do.).
28. open diamond Nagakubo (Do.).
29. open diamond Wada (Do.).
30. open diamond Shimosuwa (Do.).
31. open diamond Shiojiri (Eisen).
32. open diamond Seba (Hiroshige).
33. open diamond Motoyama (Do.).
34. open diamond Niikawa (Do.).
35. open diamond Narai (Eisen).
36. open diamond Yabuhara (Do.).

37. open diamond Miyanokoshi (Hiroshige).
38. open diamond Fukushima (Do.).
39. open diamond Agematsu (Do.).
40. open diamond Suhara (Do.).
41. open diamond Nojiri (Eisen).
42. open diamond Mitono (Hiroshige).
43. open diamond Tsumagome (Do.).
44. open diamond Magome (Eisen).
45. open diamond Ochiai (Hiroshige).
46. open diamond Nakatsugawa (Do.).
47. open diamond Ōi (Hiroshige).
48. open diamond Ōkute (Do.).
49. open diamond Hosokute (Do.).
50. open diamond Mitake (Do.).
51. open diamond Fushimi (Do.).
52. open diamond Ōta (Do.).
53. open diamond Unuma (Eisen).

54. open diamond Kanō (Hiroshige).
55. open diamond Kōdo (Eisen).
56. open diamond Miyeji (Hiroshige).
57. open diamond Akasaka (Do.).
58. open diamond Tarui (Do.).
59. open diamond Sekigahara (Do.).
60. open diamond Imasu (Do.).
61. open diamond Kashiwabara (Do.).
62. open diamond Samegai (Do.).
63. open diamond Banba (Do.).
64. open diamond Toriimoto (Do.).
65. open diamond Takamiya (Do.).
66. open diamond Musa (Do.).
67. open diamond Echikawa (Do.).
68. open diamond Moriyama (Do.).
69. open diamond Kusatsu (Do.).
70. open diamond Ōtsu (Do.).

 

 

Like the Tōkaidō Series No. 54 in the Catalogue, the first prints of the Kiso Kaidō Series are far more exquisite than the succeeding ones owing to changes effected in blocks. Similar case is also found in pictures by Eisen.
The print of Nihonbashi has been revised more than three times. In one of these prints the seal of the firm name of a publishing house styled Reiganjima Takenouchi (japanese text) is impressed on the umbrella held up by a man on the bridge, the sunrise being dimly seen through the clouds. In another print, the title of a publishing house is also shown on the umbrella but not the same as the above, reading Ikenaka Iseri (japanese text). Ikenaka is the abridged form of the name of the street styled Ikenohata-Nakachō. In still another one, the seal on the umbrella is styled Nakabashi Yamashō-ban (japanese text). The first print bears the signature and seal of the author styled Keisai (japanese text) or Eisen Ga, (japanese text) while the second and third have neither the signature, seal nor the sunrise.

 

 

 

The first part of the series were all produced by Keisai-Eisen and printed by the Takenouchi-Hoeidō. Beginning, however, with Shinmachi (No. 12) by Hiroshige, the Hoeidō jointly edited the prints of the series with the Kinjudō (japanese text) (another name of Iseri). The greater part of the rest of the series were mostly painted by Hiroshige and printed by the Kinjudō.

 

 

 

After the completion of the series, the Kinjudō took over from the Hoeidō the blocks for the first portion of pictures drawn by Eisen and thus edited the complete set. The second print showing the scene of Nihonbashi referred to above is included in this set. It appears that the house made over to the Yamashō, Nakahashi, the worn out blocks.

 

 

 

It is noticeable in this connection that by the side of the name and seal of the publishing house on the umbrella quoted above there is a stamp styled Year of Sheep. From the style of painting, the press work and tone, it appears that the print Nihonbashi was produced in the 6th year of the Tempō era (1835). On the other hand there is observable increasing change in strokes and press work and other details of the prints from the middle part onwards. Those from Kashiwabara and Samegai downwards are very much like the Gyosho Tōkaidō (Illustration No. 151) produced at the end of the same era. It seems that it took many years to complete the whole series. Early prints by Eisen have his name and seal but later ones have not because he passed away in 1848. And it may be supposed that the publishers omitted the name and seal of the artist for fear that the original prints would not be acceptable to the public with whom the newest edition was most popular in those days. A set of later prints sold in the form of album is entitled Sixty-Nine Stations on the Kisokaidō by Ichiryusai-Hiroshige and the late Keisai-Eisen. There is another version that Eisen deliberatly omitted his name and seal because he became unfriendly toward the publishing house. But this is rather incredible. Because, according to the usages of those days, after the artist was paid for his works, the copyright was no longer his but the publisher's. Nor is it likely that the artist's name and seal would have been struck out by the publisher while the artist was still alive. (There are instances where the publisher omitted the artist's name and seal after his death).

 

 

solid diamond

YEDO KINKŌ HAKKEI NO UCHI. Eight Views of Environs of Yedo.

 

94.

open diamond

KOGANEI YŪSHŌ. Koganei at Sunset. Fine old cherry trees in bloom lining the banks of a narrow stream spanned by a rustic bridge.

Messrs. Yoshizawa & Co.

 

 

DO.

 

95.

open diamond

IKEGAMI BANSHŌ. Vesper Bells at Ikegami. The temple approached by a steep flight of steps, stands in a dense wood of Cryptomeria.

Do.

 

 

DO.

 

96.

open diamond

HANEDA RAKUGAN. Geese flying down to the green rushes in blue water at Haneda.

Do.

 

 

DO.

 

97.

open diamond

SHIBAURA SEIRAN. Clearing Weather at Shibaura. Two junks lying at anchor off Shibaura.

Do.

 

 

DO.

 

98.

open diamond

AZUMA MORI YAU. Evening Rain at Azuma no Mori. A little Shrine peeping through thick woods beyond a narrow path among the paddy fields.

Do.

 

 

DO.

 

99.

open diamond

ASUKAYAMA BOSETSU. Asukayama in Evening Snow. At the foot of the famous cherry-viewing hill, peasants and a horse force their way against a snowstorm.

Do.

 

 

DO.

 

100.

open diamond

GIŌTOKU KIHAN. Fishing Boats with large white sails returning at Giōtoku.

Mr. M. Uchida

 

 

DO.

 

101.

open diamond

TAMAGAWA SHŪGETSU. Autumn Moon at Tama River. Full Moon above a willow tree and a distant view of the river. 8 sheets in the set. Ō-ban Yokoye. Published by Kikakudō.
All the first prints of this series have each on the upper part of the plate an inscription of a poem of three or four verses. Besides, some of the prints bear outside the border a stamp styled Taihaidō-Kaihan (Prints Inaugurated by Taihaidō). Taihaidō is the pen name of a famous poet who lived in those days. It appears that he and his fellow versifiers wanted to leave their productions to later generations by getting them inscribed on prints. For this purpose Taihaidō ordered of Hiroshige the painting of the famous sights which they had chosen for the subjects of versification, and got the pictures specially printed by the Kikakudō to illustrate their poems. These were circulated among the versifiers concerned. It will thus be seen that a print entitled Haneda no Rakugan bears an inscription of a poem of one verse by Taihaidō.
It appears that because these prints were found exceedingly attractive the Kikakudō reprinted them by permission of Taihaidō, leaving only one verse on each print and offered them to the general public. Those put on view in the exhibition belong to the later edition each with a single verse.

Do.

 

solid diamond

KANAZAWA HAKKEI. Eight Views of Kanazawa.

 

102.

open diamond

KOIZUMI NO YAU. Evening Rain at Koizumi. Ō-ban Yokoye. Published by Koshihei (japanese text).
This series is counted among Hiroshige's masterpieces, showing three series of eight views, among the rest being No. 57 Ōmi Hakkei, Eight Views of Ōmi, and No. 94 Yedo Kinkō Hakkei, Eight Views of the Environs of Yedo. The above print and the following seven views make a set.
open diamond Seto Shūgetsu, Autumnal Moon at Seto.
open diamond Uchikawa Bosetsu, Evening Snow at Uchikawa.
open diamond Hirakata no Rakugan, Geese Flying Down at Hirakata.
spacer Nojima no Yūshō, Sunset at Nojima.
open diamond Ottomo no Kihan, Boats Sailing Back at Ottomo.
open diamond Susaki no Seiran, Clearing Weather at Susaki.
open diamond Shōmyōji no Bansho, Vesper Bells at the Shōmyōji Temple.

Mr. G. Hashiguchi