View of Ryogoku - Lovely view of the famous Ryogoku Bridge over the Sumida River in Edo. Beautiful soft color and fine shading in an excellent early design showing Hokuju's interest in Western perspective. Detailed with faint embossing along the edges of the clouds and soft shading in the water and sky.
A Rare, Early 20th Century Series - This beautiful series of reprinted masterwork designs was published by the boutique Tokyo publisher Daiichi Shobo in 1929 (Showa 4). The series was titled, "A Collection of Famous Ukiyo-e Prints." The set was a small release, and prints from the series are rarely seen in the market. Note the beautiful printing, fine detail, and the colors that carefully replicate the originals. An early hand made paper was used for printing the series. The prints were sold with identification information from the publisher and are sealed with the red seal of Daiichi Shobo. See the photos below for the publisher’s labels and an example of a red seal.
Artist - Hokuju (active circa 1789 - 1818)
Image Size - 9 5/8" x 14 1/4" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Slight toning, a couple of light creases, red seal at lower left. Please see photos for details. Good overall.