Koitsu, Tsuchiya (1870 - 1949), "The Inland Sea of Seto in Summer"
|Title||The Inland Sea of Seto in Summer|
|Medium||Original Japanese Woodblock Print|
|Reference No||Walker: Fig 2.12; pg. 27|
|Size||15 -3/4 x 10 -1/2 "|
Notes: A seldom seen design, published by the small-scale publisher, Baba Nobuhiko. Lower left margin seals read, "Made by Baba Nobuhiko", "Printer: Ito; Carver: Katsumura".
This design has examples issued with both Baba and Tokyo Hanga-In seals. The first print (this example) was published by Baba Nobuhiko and displays more subtle colors throughout. The second example (Walker/Doi Catalog) of the same print was published by Tokyo Hanga-In with a far more saturated color palette. - Koitsu Catalogue Raisonne; pg. 19.
Baba Nobuhiko was a minor publisher who was active from the 1930's through 1950's. They produced high quality shin-hanga prints with especially fine carving and printing techniques. Tsuchiya Koitsu was the principal artist and also most notable to work with Baba Nobuhiko. The majority of resources, including woodblocks for creating Koitsu's prints were destroyed due to the uncontrollable fires that raged throughout sections of Tokyo in March of 1945. Due to this devastation, the publisher had to give up his entire business enterprise for a number of years, making these designs more difficult to locate then prints created by larger publishing companies like Doi Hangaten.