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South China Scenery from the series Seihō's Masterpieces

Grilled Sea Bream from the series Seihō's Masterpieces

 Japanese Color Woodblock Print

South China Scenery

from the series Seihō's Masterpieces (set two)

(Seihō's ippin shū)

by Takeuchi Seihō, 1942

Sheep from Takeuchi Seihō's Album of the Twelve Calendrical Animals

IHL Cat. #2462

About This Print and the Series Seihō's Masterpieces

This print titled South China Scenery was released June 15, 1942 as part of the second of two sets of sixty-six prints titled Seihō's Masterpieces (aka Seihō's Masterworks), printed and issued by Unsōdō Publishing.  It is listed as print 33 (三) in set two's table of contents sheet.

This print, was derived from one of Seihō's ink paintings created after his trips to China in 1920 and 1921. It bears great similarity to two prints in his 1936 portfolio Scenes of China, Sūzhōu Twin Pagoda Temple and Longhua Temple, Jiangnan. It was issued as one of six prints in the ninth, and the last, envelope of set two of Seihō's Masterpieces.  The colophon, shown below, pasted to the envelope, gives the dates of printing and issue, the titles of the prints, copyright information, and information about the publisher.

A combination of print processes (see further discussion see the article "Takeuchi Seihō: Seihō's Masterpieces.") were used for this series and this particular print is likely a woodblock print with mica highlights, although the printing method needs to be confirmed.

Colophon Envelope 9 Set Two
Dated June 15, 1942
Date of issue reads Showa 17 (1942), 6th month, 15th day
Date of printing reads Showa 17 (1942), 6th month, 5th day

The Series "Seihō's Masterpieces"

For images of all sixty-six prints and a description of the series, please go to the article "Takeuchi Seihō: Seihō's Masterpieces."

Print Details

 IHL Catalog #2462
 Title South China Scenery 南支風光 Nanshi fūkō
 Series Seihō's Masterpieces (栖鳳逸品集 Seihō's ippin shū) (set 2)
 Takeuchi Seihō (1864-1942)
Seihō sei 栖鳳製
 Seal two unread square seals (see image above)
 Publication Date June 15, 1942
 Edition original and only edition
 Publisher Unsōdō Publishing
 Printer Shinmi Saburō 新味 三朗
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition excellent
 Miscellaneous removed from its original heavy paper backing/matting
 Genre nihonga (also classed as e-hon, as the series prints exist as bound volumes)
 Format non-standard
 H x W Paper and Image
 10 3/16 x 13 1/2 in. (25.9 x 34.3 cm )
 Collections This Print New York Public Library, Spencer Collection; Rijksmuseum Amsterdam RP-P-2005-615-30
 Reference Literature The Artist and the Book in Japan, Roger S. Keyes, The University of Washington Press with New York Public Library, December 2006, p. 252-253; The Art of the Japanese Book, 2 vols., Jack Hillier, Sotheby's Publications, 1987, p. 992-993.
last revision:
3/31/2021 created