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Utagawa HIROSHIGE II
Parrot, sparrow and a small bird
- Finished drawing for three tanzaku-sized bird & flower prints -
(also shown in the NATURE PRINTS section)
black ink ('sumi') on paper.
Date seal: Snake 8 (8th month, 1857)
Publisher's mark: Yamaguchi-ya Tobei
Censor's seal: aratame
Size: 3 x tanzaku (c. 34 x 23 cms / c. 13 3/8" x 9", all over)
Very good; laid down on thin paper. - VERY RARE uncut triple-tanzaku-sized hanshita-e!
This drawing was formerly part of the following three, renowned collections:
- ex. Happer collection, Sotheby's sale, 6/1909; no. 378, pl. XXIII
- ex. F. Loewenstein collection (author of 'Die Handzeichnungen der
japanischen Holzschnittmeister', 1922; pl. XXX)
- ex. Gerhard Pulverer collection
ref. no.: # S-541073
Price: € 3,250.00
A finsihed preparatory drawing
for a sheet of three bird-and-flower
subjects published by
The sheet had been submitted to the
as the stamped
seal in the center panel shows. In addition, each panel carries
date seal (reading: "eighth month, year of the snake" = 8/1857).
This final drawing was ready to be handed over to the block carvers. If the design actually had been used for the carving process it would not have survived. Instead, another drawing must have been prepared for the printer since a printed version of the design at right is known.