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Peddler in the Snow

Peddler in the Snow
by Tomoe (Shotei Takahashi copy by Watanabe)

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Artist: Tomoe (Shotei Takahashi copy by Watanabe) ともゑ
Title: Peddler in the Snow
Series: 
Date 1st edition?Not set
Publisher 1st edition?Watanabe Shozaburo 渡辺
Publisher (this edition)?Watanabe 渡辺
Medium (1st edition): Woodblock
Medium (this edition): Woodblock
Format (1st edition): Postcard
Format (this edition): Postcard
DB artwork code: 32673
Notes (1st edition)?Size: Print Paper size: 3 1/2" x 5 1/2" Image: 3 1/4" x 5 1/4"

This print signed "Tomoe" is clearly the chuban scene by Takahashi Shotei (Shotei Catalog Number: C-29
Title).
Notes (this edition)?The following information was taken from the original web listing of this artwork. Often written by non-experts, there may be inaccuracies:

Japanese woodblock print of a snowstorm scene by Kawase Hasui or very much in his style. Identifying stamp faintly visible on lower right (see close-up detail below). Print size about 5 5/8" x 3 5/8" tipped in along top onto a card. In good condition with no foxing. Good imprint.

Artist Bio: Many of the prints signed "Tomoe" are clearly scenes by Takahashi Shotei and were sold by Watanabe from around the 1960s. Unusually, Watanabe Shoichiro, in an email reply to a colleague around 2008, stated that the prints are by Kawase Hasui: see the following email:
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Dear Al,

Thank you very much for your email and enquires.

The artist of the post card sized prints is Kawase Hasui. The seal is sounded "Tomoe (a Whirl)". Tomoe is the meaning of "Ha". On the other hand, "Sui" means "Mizu (Water)".

He sometimes used "Tomoe" as his artist name for some small sized prints, instead of "Hasui".

I hope this information is available for your enquiry.

Sincerely,

Shoichiro Watanabe
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What Shoichiro is suggesting here is that "Tomo" is a reading for Hasui's first kanji "巴", and "e" (in Tomo-e) is a reading for "画" meaning brush-stroke; picture. Thus, Tomoe means "painted by Hasui". My guess here is that Watanabe Tadasu, the second owner of Watanabe Woodblock Prints, decided to sell the postcards as being by the more famous Hasui, rather than by the lesser-known Takahashi Shotei, to increase sales.

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