Shotei, Takahashi (1871 - 1945), "Enjoying the Evening Cool at Okawa River (Pre-Earthquake)"
|Title||Enjoying the Evening Cool at Okawa River (Pre-Earthquake)|
|Medium||Original Japanese Woodblock Print|
|Edition||First and only.|
|Publisher||S. Watanabe Color Print Co.|
|Reference No||Folk #83|
|Size||15 x 6 -3/4 "|
Notes: A highly desirable pre-earthquake Shotei design.
Shozaburo Watanabe produced woodblock prints mainly for his foreign customers. Many of the earliest works were o-tanzaku size ukiyo-e like prints designed by Shotei (Hiroaki) Takahashi with added modern features. He brought them for sale to Yokohama, Kobe and Karuizawa; a summer resort for foreigners. His reputation was fine and the designs sold well, making it possible for Shozaburo to start producing new woodblock prints of other talented new artists. During these early years, most customers of such prints were foreign businessmen stationed in Japan or foreign tourists, some of them wealthy collectors. Therefore, most of Shozaburo's early prints were taken to foreign countries and did not stay in Japan." - All the Woodblock Prints of Ito Shinsui