Hokusai (1760-1849) had one of the longest, most varied, and most interesting careers of any of the Japanese woodblock print artists. His designs "Red Fuji" and "The Great Wave" from the '36 Views of Fuji' are still extremely popular today. Although Hokusai is best remembered for his large landscape series, much of his best work was in the surimono genre.

The 53 Stations on the Tokaido designed by Hiroshige in the early 1830s for Hoeido established the Tokaido Road as a viable commercial subject. It was not, however, the first Tokaido series. One of the earliest was a series of 51 koban and 8 long tanzaku-ban wood block prints done by Hokusai quite early in his career, in 1804. A number of these surimono-style prints can be found depicted in the Stuart Jackson Gallery Catalogue: 'Along the Tokaido'.

The Hokusai series was succcesful enough (or perhaps to cash in on the popularity of the Hiroshige series) that several later editions were commercially done, the longer prints being removed so as to keep the size uniform. The long prints were replaced by koban prints designed by Hokusai's pupil Shigenobu (eg. the Nihonbashi). Several editions were produced in colour (as here), black and white, and at least one Meiji period edition was issued (see the Shono). Each print is signed Gakyojin Hokusai ga (except for the Nihonbashi and which was designed by Shigenobu) in the upper right hand cartouche. Impressions vary from very good to good, colors are uniformly very good and are (with the exception of the variant Shono) are from the 1821 edition. Most have binding holes, and some minor rubbing generally near the bottom left. Other condition comments as noted .

Nihonbashi
1st Station
Sadanobu (Unsigned)
$sold

Kanagawa
1.25 ri to Hodogaya
Gakyojin Hokusai ga
$sold

(Uiro Seller at) Odawara
Gakyojin Hokusai ga
$sold

(Boys on water buffalo near) Mishima
Gakyojin Hokusai ga
$sold

(Boys ignoring job of raking leaves at) Numazu
Gakyojin Hokusai ga
$sold

Okabe
Gakyojin Hokusai ga
$sold

Maisaka
Gakyojin Hokusai ga
small spot
$sold
- reserved

Akasaka
Gakyojin Hokusai ga
$sold

Shono
Some spots
Gakyojin Hokusai ga
$sold

Shono
Slight overall dirt.
Meiji edition
sold

Kameyama
1.5 Ri to Seki
Gakyojin Hokusai ga
$sold

(Daikoku-ya Rock at) Seki
Gakyojin Hokusai ga
Some stains
$sold

(Ebi-zu rock at) Sakanoshita
1.5 Ri to Tsuchiyama
Gakyojin Hokusai ga
$sold

 

(Cutting Spices at Megawa Village near) Kusatsu
3.67 Ri from Otsu
Gakyojin Hokusai ga
$sold

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