Artist: Yoshida Hiroshi
Title: Toshogu Shrine
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Early edition with the all-important jizuri (self printed) seal in left margin, followed by the date, and title. Signed in sumi ink, Yoshida, with artist's seal Hiroshi, in the image area. Vivid, pristine colours. See a discussion of the jizuri seal here. This design is illustrated at plate 233 of Ogura, Tadao et. Al., The Complete Woodblock Prints of Yoshida Hiroshi, Abe Publishing Co., Ltd., (Tokyo, 1987). T?sh?-g? is any Shinto shrine in which Tokugawa Ieyasu, the founder of the last shogunate of Japan, is enshrined with the name T?sh? Daigongen. T?sh?-g? shrines are found throughout Japan. The most famous T?sh?-g? is located in Nikk? in Tochigi Prefecture and is the one shown here by Yoshida. This print was purchased from a consignment of over 75 woodblock prints (by Koitsu and Yoshida), all with datings from the 1930's to no later than the early 1950's. All but a couple of these prints seem to have never been displayed and have vivid pristine colours on creaseless paper. They were probably purchased and then simply stored for the last 60+ years.