Shōtei.com Site Update History
01/07/16
  • Modified my evaluation of the 2 M-92 prints on the Shōtei variants page. Previously, I thought that they were a pre-/post-quake set. Now, I'm convinced that they are both pre-quake.
09/02/16
  • Updated title and seal translation for M-35 knock-off print on Shōtei variants page.
07/27/16
  • Added Sh-33 to the Shien artist's page.
07/25/16
  • Added S-156 to the Shōtei catalog.
07/06/16
  • Wrote a note on the Shōtei / Sōzan collaboration page adding O-34 and O-37.
06/24/16
  • Added Sh-28 to the Shien artist's page.
03/12/16
  • Added C-58 to the Shōtei catalog.
03/01/16
  • Removed duplicated prints Sh-28 and Sh-33 from the Shien artist's page.
02/25/16
  • Added Sh-35 to the Shien artist's page.
02/18/16
  • Added S-155 to the Shōtei catalog.
11/14/15
  • Added Sh-33 and Sh-34 to the Shien artist's page.
10/12/15
  • Replaced images for P-22 with clearer images in the Shōtei catalog.
10/11/15
  • Added M-153 to the Shōtei catalog.
  • Added P-26 to the Shōtei catalog.
08/10/15
  • Added M-152 to the Shōtei catalog.
  • Added seal K6 to the Shōtei seals page.
07/25/15
  • New small-format knock-offs added to Shōtei variants page for M-23 and M-42.
01/31/15
  • The sales gallery is now able to accept payment through PayPal.
01/27/15
  • Changes to Shōtei catalog:
    • Replaced images for S-137 with clearer images. Changed the dimensions and the reading of the number in the fan-shaped cartouche.
    • For C-53, added the artist's written title to the signature picture, and asked for translation.
    • Removed S-75 from the catalog.
    • Added M-151 to the catalog.
  • Changes to the "Shōtei" Prints Not in the Catalog" page:
    • Removed section for print ultimately catalogued as M-135.
    • Added section for "Prints which used to be in the catalog", with explanations for M-65, M-81, S-11, and S-75.
01/21/15
  • Added print to Shōtei catalog: S-154
01/19/15
  • Made it so that detail pages in the Shōtei catalog, for prints which have variants, link to the appropriate documentation on the variants page.
01/11/15
  • Re-wrote the Kakei artist's page, removing the separate catalog of Kakei sealed prints.
  • Added M-150 to the Shōtei catalog.
01/09/15
  • Added 13 prints to the Shotei catalog: S-141 through S-153.
  • Added artist page for Frances Blakemore. Removed bathtub print page from Watanabe publisher menu.
12/10/14
  • Added "Deal of the Day" feature to the sales gallery front page.
12/03/14
  • Added prints to the Shotei catalog: O-79, C-57, M-149, S-140
11/29/14
  • Converted all of the previous items in the Kakei catalog (K-1 to K-18) to items in the Shotei catalog, including O-42 to O-43; C-51 to C-56; M-141 to M-148; and S-138 to S-139.
11/28/14
  • Added 2 new images to the M-4 section of the Shōtei variants page. A pre-quake one with the "Kakei" seal and a knock-off one with a "Gyō" seal.
11/01 thru 11/25/14
  • Convert Shotei print catalog from static pages to database driven query functionality.
  • Update the catalog database with new information:
    • Newly cataloged prints: C-49, M-140, S-127, S-128, S-129, S-130, S-131, S-132, S-133, S-134, S-135, S-136, S-137
    • Remove S-62 from the database because it was a duplicate with S-42.
    • Remoce C-38 from the database because it was a duplicate with C-20.
    • Clearer images for O-5, C-27, P-6, ST-176 and ST-178.
  • Documented S-134 as the pre-quake version of S-68 on the Shotei variants page.
11/01/14
  • On the Hasegawa's Night Scene Series page, updated Yoshimoto Gesso as the the designer of the Pine Tree at Karasaki print. New information courtesy of Joyce Yam.
10/23/14
  • I spent the last 4 months or so working in my vegetable garden. It was fun, but now I'm back to website development.
  • Added "Sold Items" pages to the Sales Gallery.
  • Updated the Hasegawa/Nishinomiya "Japanese Scenes on Tanzaku" page with a correction of inventory number: Previously unknown # 9021 is actually # 1587. New information courtesy of Liz Mitchener.
07/31/14
  • Added reading of artist seal "Kagetsu" to the rightmost M-12 variant on the Shotei variants page.
06/14/14
  • Added paging on the Sales Gallery - Items for Sale page
05/12/14 Updated the "Shien" artist's page with a bunch of new information:
  • 13 new images: Sh-20 through Sh-32.
  • Proof of a Hasui derivative connection from Richard Middleton.
  • Recap of a conversation I had with Shoichiro Watanabe.
04/30/14 through 05/11/14 Updated the Shotei Variants page with a bunch of new information:
  • O-41 and M-21: Newly documented variant section.
  • O-69: Newly documented variant section.
  • C-3: Added new pre-quake print to the mix.
  • C-21: Added pre-quake chuban print to the mix.
  • M-3: Added multiple sightings of both versions. Came to a conclusion about which is which.
  • M-11: Added 3 straight path sightings.
  • M-13: Newly documented variant section.
  • M-16: Added knock-off in horizontal format.
  • M-17: Added picture of seals for lower print. Added analysis of those seals.
  • M-24: Added legible seal for knock-off print.
  • M-27: Added legible Shotei seal for the left print.
  • M-28: Newly documented variant section.
  • M-35: Newly documented variant section.
  • M-36: Newly documented variant section.
  • M-82: Newly documented variant section.
  • S-9: Added Hiroshige knock-off.
  • S-48 and S-49: Newly documented variant section.
  • S-68: Newly documented variant section.
  • S-93: Newly documented variant section.
04/27/14 Updated the Hasegawa/Nishinomiya "Japanese Scenes on Tanzaku" page with a bunch of new information:
  • New prints found: 1521, 1537, 1545, 1575, 1608, and 9028.
  • Real inventory numbers found for previous 9xxx numbers: 9002 => 1611, 9003 =>1549, 9011 => 1553, 9012 => 1529, 9014 => 1569, 9017 => 1575, 9020 => 1533, 9024 => 1559, and 9027 => 1522.
03/03/14
  • After 2+ months of research, technological education, and programming, the "Sales Gallery" link is activated, in sneak preview mode with minimal functionality. Still need to add lots of items to the for-sale inventory and finish programming the full set of features.
12/31/13
  • Marc turns his back on his previous career. Today was his last day as a computer programmer for hire. The 7 ½ year hiatus from Shotei.com is over!
09/04/10
  • Added article "Tips for Beginning Japanese Woodblock Collectors"
05/21/09
  • Revised version of Shima history
09/04/06
  • Added Bairei #12 and Unread #3 to the Shima catalog
04/02/06
  • Added K-16 through K-18 to the Kakei catalog
04/01/06
  • Added P-24 and M-139 to the Shôtei catalog
  • Got color images for P-12 and ST-56 in the Shôtei catalog
03/07/06
  • Added 7 new images to the Shien page, Sh-13 through Sh-19.
01/08/06
  • Continuing the integration of data from the catalog of the Ota-ku Folk Museum Shôtei Exhibition into previously cataloged prints in the Shôtei catalog. Covered all of the mitsugiri-ban prints.
01/06/06
  • In the Shôtei catalog, removed M-65. This "print" was listed in the 1936 Watanabe catalog, but has never been seen because it was probably never actually published.
  • Begin the integration of data from the catalog of the Ota-ku Folk Museum Shôtei Exhibition into previously cataloged prints in the Shôtei catalog. The process includes adding print dimensions where there were previously none, updating print dates when proof of dating exists, renaming prints according to translations of titles printed on the print, etc. This is now complete for the sections on oban and chuban format prints. There were too many changes to list the details here. More to come later.
01/03/06 Several changes in the Shôtei catalog:
  • Remove M-105, which was a repeat of M-93
  • Swap M-37 and M-91. According to the Ota-ku catalog, I had them backwards.
  • Change publisher (and remove date attributions) for 12 pillar prints published by Bijutsusha (P8-11, P13, P15-21).
01/02/06
  • In the Shôtei catalog, new color images to replace black/white ones for ST-16, ST-23, ST-27, ST-32, ST-89, ST-94, ST-107, ST-112, ST-121, and ST-130.
12/29/05
  • In the Shôtei catalog, new prints ST-181 and S-118 through S-125
12/25/05
  • In the Shôtei catalog, new prints S-111 through S-117
12/24/05
  • In the Shôtei catalog, new prints O-78, and S-106 through S-110
12/19/05
  • In the Shôtei catalog, new prints S-101 through S-105
12/16/05
  • In the Shôtei catalog, new prints S-95 through S-100
12/12/05
  • In the Shôtei catalog, new print O-41
12/10/05
  • In the Shôtei catalog, new prints S-90 through S-94
12/07/05
  • In the Shôtei catalog, new prints S-86 through S-89
11/30/05
  • In the Shôtei catalog, new prints S-81 through S-85
11/27/05
  • In the Shôtei catalog, new prints C-44 through C-48
11/26/05
  • In the Shôtei catalog, new prints C-39 through C-43
11/24/05
  • In the Shôtei catalog, new prints M-131 through M-138
  • Remove M-81, which had no seal and probably wasn't designed by Shotei.
11/20/05
  • In the Shôtei catalog, new prints O-37 through O-40
  • New images for existing prints O-16 and O-35
11/13/05 Various updates to the Shôtei catalog including:
  • New prints M-130 and P-23
  • New images for existing prints M-99 and M-102
  • Assigned date to print M-79
11/11/05
  • In the Shima catalog, added some references to the listings for Toshimoto print 1 and Rairin print 2.
  • Added new print, Hokusai 11.
  • Made a few minor changes to historical details in the Shima History page.
11/07/05
  • In the Shima Art Co. catalog, moved 7 prints to the "No Signature" section. They were previously in Kunisada (1), Rairin (1), and Keinen (5). This caused 18 print numbers in the Keinen section to become lower by 5.
  • Added some references to the listing for Eisen prints 1 and 2.
  • Changed some historical details in the Shima History page, sections 6 and 10.
  • Changed titles and added source of designs for Toshimoto 2 and Rairin 3.
11/06/05
  • In the Shima Art Co. catalog, changed attribution of horse prints from Seizan to both Kunisada and Tannyu.
08/21/05
  • On Shôtei variants page, established possible connection between M-1 and M-87.
05/06/05
  • Added O-34, O-35, and O-36 to the Shôtei catalog
  • Added the 2 horizontal mitsugiri-ban prints to the M-1 section in the Shôtei variants page.
04/17/05
  • In the Kiyochika section of the Shima catalog, revised listings for prints 2, 3, 5, 7, 8 and 10 by adding links to original Kiyochika designs and changing some of the titles.
  • In the Seitei section of the Shima catalog, added print 21.
04/15/05
  • Added reference to a listing in the 1963 Kyoto Hanga-In sales catalog to the Terauchi artist's page.
02/24/05
  • Updated the Shien artist's page with an new print, Sh-12, and some comments from Andreas Grund.
  • Added a near mis-attribution from Christie's to the Terauchi artist's page.
02/20/05
  • Added a new silhouette print to the Shôtei "Not in Catalog" page.
02/18/05
  • Added a Harunobu section to the Shima catalog
  • Re-named Hiroshige-14 in the Shima catalog
  • Added print 16 to the Seizan section in the Shima catalog
  • Added dimensions to Soken-1 in the Shima catalog.
  • Added print K-15 to the Kakei artist's page.
02/15/05
  • Added the middle variant to the M-5 section of the Shôtei variants page.
  • Added M-129 to the Shôtei catalog.
02/08/05
  • Modifications to the Shima History page, in sections 1, 8 and 10.
12/24/04
  • Added Hiroaki seal 13 to the Shôtei seals page.
12/18/04
  • Added Hiroaki seals 7 through 12 to the Shôtei seals page.
12/13/04
  • The remainder of Ross Walker's Shobido Tanaka prints, upgraded images in the Shôtei catalog for ST-xx where xx is 57,59,60,62-67,70-80,82-84.
  • New signature/seals for O-4 in the Shôtei catalog.
11/28/04
  • Courtesy of Ross Walker, upgraded images in the Shôtei catalog for ST-xx where xx is 2,5,6,8-10,12,14,17-22,29-31,33,34,41,45,48,49,51,52,54. That's about half of them. More to follow. Thanks, Ross!
11/17/04
  • Added S-80 to the Shôtei catalog.
11/13/04
  • Replaced image for P-22 with complete image, showing bottom of print
  • Corrected geographic names for O-54, O-66, and O-67 in the Shôtei catalog.
  • Added similarity references in the Shima catalog for Bairei 1 and 2, Keinen 6, Kiyochika 4, Korin 1, 2 and 4, and Seitei 1.
  • Added T-4 to the Tôkô artist's page. Also added the Minato Bridge color print and explanation.
11/7/04
  • Added Kakei section (5 seals: K1-K5) to the Shôtei seals page.
  • Added 2 seals (AA and AB) to the Shôtei seals page.
  • Added C-3 and C-8 sections to Shôtei variants page.
  • Added small creped knock-off to M-72 section of the Shôtei variants page.
  • Added small knock-off to M-107/K-6 section of the Shôtei variants page.
  • 4 new additions to Shôtei catalog: C-37, C-38, M-128, and P-22.
  • New color image for M-98 in the Shôtei catalog.
  • Added information from Mo Morris to the Terauchi artist's page.
11/6/04
  • Added K-13 and K-14 to Kakei artist's page.
11/5/04
  • Added Kiyochika-10 to Shima catalog
  • Added NoSignature-15 to Shima catalog
  • Added Sh-9, Sh-10, and Sh-11 to Shien artist's page.
11/4/04
  • Added Hiroshige-21 to Shima catalog
  • In Shima catalog, changed "Horse" section to "Seizan", the actual artist.
  • In Shima catalog, changed name of Keinen-12 and added link to original design.
  • In Shima catalog, for first 10 NoSignature images, changed attribution of the original artist.
10/7/04
  • Updated section for M-76 on Shôtei variants page.
  • Added section for S-76 on Shôtei variants page.
10/6/04
  • New image added to the Shôtei catalog: M-127
  • New title in Shôtei catalog for O-33
  • New images in Shôtei catalog replacing older images for S-60, S-76, and ST-132
8/6/04
  • New images added to the Shôtei catalog: O-33 and C-36
  • New title in Shôtei catalog for M-76 and S-6
  • New signature/seal in Shôtei catalog for M-76
  • New images in Shôtei catalog replacing older images for O-74
6/6/04
  • Added artist Tomioka to the Shima catalog
5/21/04
  • Added print M-126 to the Shôtei catalog.
  • Added a date for M-89 to the Shôtei catalog.
  • Added references for Seitei7 and Kiyochika9 in the Shima catalog.
  • Attributed horse prints to Aoyama Seizan in the Shima catalog.
  • Another M-7 variant on the Shôtei variants page.
4/19/04
  • Added print K-12 to the Kakei artist's page.
4/8/04
  • Added new pages for Shima Art Company to the Publishers' section.
3/30/04
  • Added new prints to the Shôtei catalog: C-35, S-78, and S-79.
  • Replaced black/white print in Shôtei catalog with color image: ST-53
  • On Hasegawa/Nishinomiya Tanzaku page, changed 9007 to 1601.
  • Added section on M-69 to the Shôtei variants page.
  • Added a color variant of the post-quake M-14 to the Shoôtei variants page.
  • Replace seal "U" with a clearer image on the Shôtei seals page.
  • On the Hasegawa/Kobunsha books page, updated the links to Nobbly.com's crepe paper book archives.
2/1/04
  • Added a page showing O-31 as a single print designed by 2 artists: Takahashi Shôtei and Ito Sôzan.
1/31/04
  • Added a page for the artist Terauchi.
  • Got rid of newly added M-126 and M-127 from the Shôtei catalog because they already existed as M-95 and M-116.
1/29/04
  • Added M-125 to the Shôtei catalog.
1/25/04
  • Added M-126 and M-127 to the Shôtei catalog.
  • Removed M-125, a variant of M-17, from the Shôtei catalog.
  • Added better images to the Shôtei catalog for ST-26 and C-16.
  • Re-named M-91 in the Shôtei catalog.
  • Added signature for M-17 in the Shôtei catalog.
  • Corrected some of the text in the C-29 section of the Shôtei variants page
  • Added sections for M-17, M-27, and M-42 on the Shôtei variants page
  • Added a "Gyô"-sealed variant to the the M-8 section on the Shôtei variants page.
  • Added a clearer seal for the rightmost variant in the M-72 section of the Shôtei variants page.
12/22/03
  • Added Doi Sadaichi and Doi Hangaten pages under the Publishers menu.
12/14/03
  • Changed the name of O-17 in the Shôtei catalog from "Midzukubo" to the more correct romanization "Mizukubo".
  • Added a "News Flash" to the Hasegawa/Nishinomiya Night Scenes page.
12/12/03
  • A new section comparing M-108 and C-17 on the Shôtei variants page.
12/10/03
  • On the publisher Watanabe Pre-/Post-Earthquake analysis page, added a section on the Watanabe round publisher seal.
12/07/03
  • In the Shôtei catalog, replaced images for M-52 and M-103.
11/30/03
  • Someone asked me where I got the surname Kobayashi for the artist who signed his work Eijirô. I found that I couldn't verify that surname. So, I changed all references to that artist to use only his go, "Eijirô".
11/27/03
  • In the Shôtei catalog, replaced black/white images with color ones for M-58 and M-101.
  • On the Shôtei variants page, added section for M-58 / P-18.
11/26/03
  • Re-organized the "All About Takahashi Shôtei" page by adding a new, subordinate menu for his "Other Works".
  • Added a page documenting an original oil painting by Shôtei.
11/10/03
  • Replaced black/white images with color images for Shinagawa Shore, #1254 in the Hasegawa/Nishinomiya Night Scenes series.
11/07/03
  • Replaced black/white images with color images for ST-44, ST-46, and ST-50 in the Shôtei catalog.
11/02/03
  • Thanks to Kotaro Sumii, found out the correct numbers for 9 Hasegawa/Nishinomiya tanzaku images previously in the 9000 series. They were: 9008-->1590, 9010-->1594, 9016-->1572, 9023-->1539, 9025-->1600, 9026-->1598, 9028-->1557, 9029-->1554, and 9030-->1604.
  • Added S-77 to the Shôtei catalog.
10/30/03
  • Added M-125 to the Shôtei catalog.
  • Thanks to Kat Wiram, found out that Hasegawa/Nishinomiya tanzaku image previously known as 9015 is actually 1566.
10/28/03
  • New images for the Hasegawa Tanzaku page: 9025 through 9030. Better images with artist attribution: 9016 and 9023
  • Added color images to replace black/white ones in the Shôtei catalog: ST-98, ST-111, ST-122, ST-125, ST-128, ST-141, ST-145, ST-170.
  • Based on research provided by Tosh Doi, assigned publication dates to all of the Shôtei prints published by Shobido Tanaka.
  • Replaced black/white image of "Worshippers to Taishakuten Temple" with a color image on the "Early Printed Work of Takahashi Shôtei" page.
10/24/03
  • Roll-out of the Shin-Hanga Seal Finder
10/17/03
  • Replaced image for S-76 in the Shôtei catalog.
  • In the article about Bob Muller, changed the spelling of the name of the previous owners of the Shima Art Company from Sumi to Sumii.
9/18/03
  • Added M-124 and P-15 through P-21 to the Shôtei catalog.
  • Replaced image for M-49 in the Shôtei catalog.
  • On Shôtei variants page, added S-1 and updated M-49 section.
  • On Hasegawa/Nishinomiya tanzaku page, added 1541, 1546, 1561, 1596, 9023, and 9024.
  • On Hasegawa/Nishinomiya night scenes page, added new color image of Futamigaura.
  • Added number stamp 759 for print C-33 to the Watanabe publisher pre-/post-earthquake page.
8/25/03
  • Added article on Robert O. Muller.
8/22/03
  • Added the second picture to the "Case for Ishiwata Kôitsu" section of the Tôkô artist's page.
8/19/03
  • Updated the Shôbidô Tanaka publishers page with new information submitted by Tosh Doi.
8/18/03
  • Added a new page to the Shôtei section showing some more of his early printed works.
8/15/03
  • Added 9022 to the Hasegawa Tanzaku page.
  • New, cleaner image for 1567 on the Hasegawa Tanzaku page.
  • Changed 9006 to 1524 on the Hasegawa Tanzaku page.
7/22/03
  • Added 9018 through 9021 to the Hasegawa Tanzaku page.
7/20/03
  • Added C-33 to the Shôtei catalog.
  • Upgraded M-100 in the Shôtei catalog to a color image.
  • After having analyzed the title (sato no aki), moved the image which was previously M-74 into the empty slot M-25.
  • Removed the previous Shôtei seal "V", which wasn't a Shôtei seal at all. This moved W, X, Y, Z, and AA back to V, W, X, Y, and Z.
7/6/03
  • Updated 9001 to become 1570 on the Hasegawa Tanzaku page.
  • Rebuilt Fay Kahn's watercolor page into a format of multiple gallery pages.
5/17/03
  • Added S-76 to the Shôtei catalog.
  • Added Black/Red version of 1247 to Hasegawa Night Scenes page.
5/11/03
  • Added Watanabe inventory number stamps 322 and 357 to the Watanabe Pre-/Post-Earthquake page.
5/7/03
  • Added C-32 to the Shôtei catalog.
  • In Shôtei catalog, upgraded images for S-22.
5/4/03
  • Resolved some ambiguity about Shôtei / Rakutei seals. This effected the Rakutei page and the Shôtei seals page.
  • Added the following sections to the Shôtei variants page: C-9, M-10, S-10, S-72
4/27/03
  • Added new page, showing "Shôtei" prints not in the Shôtei catalog.
  • Added M-123 and S-75 to Shôtei catalog.
4/21/03
  • Added new Shôtei page, showing some very early published work from Nippon Rekishi Gahô
4/13/03
  • On Shôtei variants page, proof by provenance of pre- vs. post-earthquake version of M-7.
3/30/03
  • Added 9013 through 9017 to the Hasegawa/Nishinomiya Scenes on Tanzaku page.
  • Added better image of 1257 to the Hasegawa/Nishinomiya Night Scenes page.
3/22/03
  • Added middle seal for M-8 in the Shôtei variants page.
  • Added title/seal to M-8 in the Shôtei catalog.
  • Added new improved image for M-40 in the Shôtei catalog.
  • Removed S-11 from the Shôtei catalog.
  • Added stamped inventory number 897 to M-15 in Shôtei catalog and to the publisher Watanabe pre-/post-quake page.
3/2/03
  • Added 9008 through 9012 to the Hasegawa/Nishinomiya Scenes on Tanzaku page.
  • New color image for ST-61 in the Shôtei catalog.
2/26/03
  • Color image for Karasaki Pine Tree on the Hasegawa/Nishinomiya Night Scenes page.
2/25/03
  • Added O-60 to the Shôtei catalog.
  • Re-named O-59 in the Shôtei catalog.
  • Removed previous O-60 (Nearby Mt. Katsuyama) and O-62 (Gumisawa) from the Shôtei catalog until I can find proof that they really existed.
2/18/03
  • New page about the artist Tôkô.
  • Added P-14 to the Shôtei catalog.
  • Upgraded images in the Shôtei catalog on S-38 and ST-29.
  • Added a second knock-off variant of C-29 to the Shôtei variants page.
1/26/03
  • Added P-13 and S-74 to the Shôtei catalog.
  • Upgraded images in the Shôtei catalog on M-30, M-36, M-74, M-109, and M-110.
  • Added new seal images to the Shôtei variants page for M-18 and M-19.
  • Added 1525 to the Hasegawa/Nishinomiya "Scenes on Tanzaku" page.
  • Upgraded image for the Hasegawa/Nishinomiya Night Scenes, Koho "Moonlit Sea" (sepia version).
  • Added Shôtei seal Y which is the same seal as Rakutei seal R-1. The reading is ambiguous.
12/29/02
  • Added Sh-8 to the Shien image collection.
12/22/02
  • Added a new Artist page for Rakutei. Made a lot of adjustments to other Shôtei pages to allow for the new realization that these are the same artist.
  • Added S-73 to the Shôtei catalog
  • Added comments from Robert Schaap to the Shôtei Tama page
12/17/02
  • Added S-68 through S-72 to the Shôtei catalog.
  • Added new section for M-49 to Shôtei variants page.
  • Added third version of M-23 to Shôtei variants page.
12/5/02
  • New page to talk about Tama paintings.
  • Added date and catalog number to S-14 in the Shôtei catalog.
  • Added date and dimensions to O-10 in the Shôtei catalog.
  • Added color image for M-42 in the Shôtei catalog.
  • Added K-11 to the Kakei page.

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