Koitsu, Tsuchiya (1870 - 1949), "The Gate Yomei at Nikko Shrine (First State)"
|Title||The Gate Yomei at Nikko Shrine (First State)|
|Medium||Original Japanese Woodblock Print|
|Reference No||Walker/Doi: Fig 2.18|
|Size||16 x 10 -3/4 "|
|Condition||Very fine, with superb colors.|
Notes: A very early printing, with the scarce seal combination - Carver: Umezo. Printer: Toraji. Stamped lower margin: title, signature and date. Published by the small-scale publisher, Baba Nobuhiko.
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. Only about a dozen Koitsu prints are known to be published by Baba Nobuhiko.