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Publisher: Iseya Rihei (伊勢屋利兵衛)

Alternate names:
Iseri (seal name - 伊勢利)
Kinjudō (firm name - 錦樹堂)
Yamamoto Rihei (family name - 山本利兵衛)

Related links: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston - 1870 Kunichika triptych; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston - ca. 1835-38 Hiroshige example; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston - ca. 1801 Hokusai example; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston - Eisen example; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston - Yoshitoshi example; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston - Toyokuni I example; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston - 1814 Shuntei triptych; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston - ca. 1836 Kuniyoshi triptych; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston - Toyokuni I Eizan example;

Biography:

Edo/Tokyo print publisher (Marks 152). This house published works by Chikanobu, Eisen, Eizan, Hiroshige, Hokusai, Kunichika, Kunisada, Kuniyasu, Kuniyoshi, Sadakage, Shuntei, Toyokuni I, Toyokuni II, Utamaro, Yoshiiku, Yoshimori, Yoshitora and Yoshitoshi.

[Artists in the Lyon Collection who were published by this house are highlighted in bold type.]

Marks gives the dates of this publisher as ca. 1790s to 1879.

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"Iseya started in the 1790s with actor prints by Toyokuni and beauties by Utamaro but became very successful in the 1800s with designs by Hokusai. Among the many series by him Iseya issued are the so-called "Maruwaku Tōkaidō" series from c. 1802, and the "Ehon okiro no suzu" series ("Illustrated Book of Packhorse Bells" ) another Tōkaidō series dates to c. 1806. In the early 1810s, Iseya and Hokusai seemed to have broken as the once vivid cooperation abruptly came to an end despite the fact that Hokusai remained active for another forty years. Iseya found new and very successful opportunities such as publishing a series of beauties by Kunisada. From the late 1810s to the early 1830s, at least sixteen such series and a few unserialized beauty prints came on the market...."

This is from Japanese Woodblock Prints: Artists, Publishers and Masterworks 1680-1900 (p. 234) by Andreas Marks.