Unidentified follower of Katsushika Hokusai (1760–1849)
“Solitary Faggot Bearer Crossing a Narrow Plank Bridge” (descriptive title only), 1852 (Kaei 5 [嘉永]), three-colour woodblock diptych printed in black, grey and pink on fine laid paper with the two panels abutted to create a single image backed with a support sheet.
Size: (support sheet) 30 x 32.6 cm: (adjoined sheets) 18.2 x 22.3 cm; (image borderline of each panel) 16 x 10.3 cm.
I understand that the publication featuring this print is catalogued as no. 57067 in the Japanese “General Catalogue of National Books” (aka “Japanese Classical Books Catalogue of the Maximum Scale; “Kokusho Sōmokuroku (国書総目録)”, but I have not been successful in finding this publication using the online catalogue as a resource: https://web.archive.org/web/20051028015505/http://base4.nijl.ac.jp/~koten/. I would be VERY grateful for help as I have tried multiple times.
Condition: a strong and well-printed impression showing minimal signs of wear to the printing plates. There are restored wormholes in the upper margin and minor flattened creases, otherwise the sheet is in an excellent condition with no significant stains.
I am selling this delicately balanced composition—note for example, the insightful placement of the portrayed subjects and how the angle of the leaning tree on the left is matched by the angle of the bundle of faggots carried by what I assume is a woodcutter—for AU$187 in total (currently US$124.99/EUR113.09/GBP99.55 at the time of listing this double-panel woodblock print) including postage and handling to anywhere in the world (but not, of course, any import duties/taxes imposed by some countries).
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