Artist: Tsuchiya Koitsu
Title: Kiyomizudo In Ueno — 上野清水道
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Koitsu, Tsuchiya- Kiyomizudo In Ueno- Full14.jpg: Monday, 25 July 2005 Tsuchiya Koitsu Teahouse in Kiyomizudo Woodblock A beautiful 1930's print from a woodblock by Koitsu Tsuchiya. The Japanese title is Kiyomizudo in Ueno and the English title is Teahouse in Kiyomizudo. This print carries the Doi seal that means "true" in the lower left hand corner of the print. The size is 28 X 41 cm or 11 X 17. Written in pencil at the lower margin of the print is 32 X 46 and I assume that was a size for the mat. There is not a publisher or carver seal on the left margin and this usually means that it is a 1950's print from the original woodblock by a publisher loosely affiliated with Doi. However, Doi sometimes allowed his printers to print their own copies of these prints so your guess is as good as mine. Further, the printer and carver seals are not part of the original woodblock. They are put on after the print is completed. During the Second World War, there were prints made without the seals. There is Japanese writing along the margin of the right side of the print and is most likely the title of the piece. The condition is excellent with vivid colors and is on Japanese paper. It comes with a paper mat. There are two tiny splits in the paper about 1/8 inch in size. There is a strip at the top on the back where paper tape was used to tape the picture to the mat.