"Black cat might have been done after the print"

Email received December 21, 2002

Dear Marc,

I am not an expert in this field, but in my opinion both drawings could well be Shôtei originals. The bottom right being a final preliminary study for the print (mirror-imaged). The top right study might be done by Shôtei shortly after the print was published. It is based on the print but he clearly tries a variation. In the forthcoming Hasui books (I am currently working on) you will find quite a few watercolours which are not preliminary studies, but which were done by Hasui after the print had been published (perhaps as a commission). Although clearly based on the print, they don't follow the original.

Hope that this helps with your understanding of what you have in your collection.

All the best

Robert Schaap

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