"Black cat might have been done after the print"
Email received December 21, 2002
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
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