Ohara Koson, Cawing Crow on a Snowy Bough

Ohara Koson, Shoson, 1877-1945

Cawing Crow on a Snowy Bough

signed Koson with publisher's name (partially trimmed) at lower left, Hanken shoyu (copyright ownership) Nishinomiya Yosaku, and stamped on verso in English, All Rights Reserved, Y. Nishinomiya Kami Negishi, TOKYO, ca. 1930s

o-tanzaku 17 3/8 by 10 7/8 in., 44 by 27.6 cm

The Hasegawa Publishing & Co. (also known as Hasegawa-Nishinomiya Publisher), was founded in 1885 by Takejiro Hasegawa (1853-1938) whose original family name was Nishinomiya. In the 1930s his son and successor, Yosaku Nishinomiya, reverted the company name back to the original family name of Nishinomiya. T. Hasegawa is perhaps best known for his production of woodblock printed illustrated fairy tale chirimen-bon (crepe-paper books) during the Meiji Period (1868-1912) and the Night Scenes series of twenty-one chuban prints illustrating nocturnes in a limited palette of blue or sepia which were originally published in the 1910s.

References:
Kendall H. Brown & Hollis Goodall-Cristante, Shin Hanga: New Prints in Modern Japan, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1996, p. 55, fig. 64, cat. 25 and cover (similar Daikokuya print)
Amy Reigle Newland et al., Crows, Cranes & Camellias: The Natural World of Ohara Koson 1877-1945, 2001, p. 72, no. 48 (similar Daikokuya print) and p. 142, no. 140 (later Adachi reprint)

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