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Subject:woodblock prints
Posted By: kevin Thu, Jan 16, 2020 IP: 2607:fb90:a68d:cc95:

any information would be greatly appreciated. Im posting theses for a friend. i hope the pictures can be zoomed in enough. thank you very much

Subject:Re: woodblock prints
Posted By: Tom Aspden Fri, Jan 17, 2020

Hi Kevin,
I recognise the signatures in both sets.

The first picture shows two prints by Kyogyo Tsukioka, a prolific printer of Ukiyo-e and scenes from Japanese 'Noh' theatre (1869-1927)

The second and third pictures show prints by Tsukioka Yoshitoshi, similarly practiced in Ukiyo-e (1839-1892)

I cant help with specific dates, and whether they are original from the pictures, but perhaps somebody like I. Nagy would be able to help with that, although they are both likely to be Meiji period.

Here are some links to other copies of your prints:
pic 1: (sorry, i couldnt find the second print)
Pic 2: (unfortunately it is only one half of the print)

Kind regards,

Subject:Re: woodblock prints
Posted By: I.Nagy Fri, Jan 17, 2020

Left part of a diptych
義士夜討之圖 - Gishi youchi no zu - Picture of night raid of loyal retainers
芳年 - Yoshitoshi
大蘇 - Taiso (Buddhist name of artist)

Inscription on the left fringe,
Registration; Dec.14. 18th Year of Meiji (1885)
Asakusa, Suga-chō 2-banchi
Painter; Tsukioka Yonejirō 

Bakurō-chō 2-chōme 14 Banchi
Publisher; Tsunajima Kamekichi

With regards,

Subject:Re: woodblock prints
Posted By: Stan Tue, Jan 21, 2020

A little more about your first 2 prints:

1: The Old Man (Okina), from the series Illustrations of Noh Plays (Nogaku zue) printed 8/1897

See link below.

2) Adachi, from the series "Pictures of No Performances (Nogaku Zue) printed in 1898


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