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Yamaguchiya Tobei

山口屋藤兵衛 (Yamaguchi-ya fujiheiei)


Yamaguchiya Tobei may have produced more prints than any other Japanese woodblock publisher. By the time the business ended, they had produced over 170 series; Kunisada alone produced over 700 designs for the publisher. The business started around 1800, and by 1807 was a member of the Picture Book and Print Publisher's Guild Jihon toiya. Yamaguchiya Tobei acted as a censor in 1812 and 1813. In VII/1866, the son Mosuke inherited the business and took the name Tobei. From 1875, the prints were sealed with the family name Arakawa. The business ended when Arakawa Tobei became Arakawa Koma in 1895. Yamaguchiya Tobei started by publishing bijin-ga (prints of beauties) by Utamaro, and later by his student Tsukimaro. Prints of actors by Toyokuni followed in the 1810s, and also illustrated books, which remained an active field for Yamaguchiya Tobei until the 1880s. Around 1832, he published a series of landscape prints by Kunisada (an unusual subject for him). Yamaguchiya Tobei published younger artists such as Kunimaro in c1850 and in the later 1850s, Kunisada II and Kunimitsu II tended to displace publications by their teacher Kunisada in Yamaguchiya Tobei's publications. See Andreas Marks. "Japanese Woodblock Prints, Artists, Publishers and Masterworks 1680-1900". Tuttle Publishing, Tokyo (2010). p 248-251.

Japanese Woodblock Ukiyo-e Print: Utagawa Kuniteru Made 1852. T.Sakai Guarantee.



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