Artist: Takahashi ShoteiVesper Bells in the VillageDate: Pre-1936. Size: Mitsugiri-ban. Approximately 15.5 x 6.75 inches. (As originally issued, tipped along top edge to 17.5 x 8.5 inch cardstock.)Publisher: Watanabe Shozaburo.Reference: M-59 in Shotei catalog. No. 566 in 1936 Watanabe catalog.Provenance: From the collection of Canadian missionary Sybil Courtice, who was in Japan from the early 20th century up until WWII.Medium: Japanese woodblock print.Condition: Excellent.
Hiroaki Takahashi (Shotei) (1871-1945) was a Japanese artist, the first to be signed under the publisher Watanabe Shozaburo. He produced many landscapes in the Edo-era style. In 1889, he and a friend founded the Japan Youth Painting Society (Nihon Seinen Kaiga Kyokai). Early in his career, he produced and exhibited original paintings and also worked as an illustrator of scientific textbooks, magazines, and newspapers.
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