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Publisher: Hayashiya Shōgorō (林屋庄五郎)

Alternate names:
Rinshō (seal name - 林庄)

Lifetime: circa 1845 - 1863

Related links: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston - Hiroshige example; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston - 1858 Sadahide triptych; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston - Yoshitsuya example; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston - 1863 Yoshiiku example; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston - 1857 Kunisada II example; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston - 1863 Kunichika example;

Biography:

Edo print publisher (Marks 106). Artists published by this house include Gengyo, Hiroshige, Kunisada II, Kuniyoshi, Sadahide, Toyokuni III, Yoshiiku and Yoshitsuya.

[Artists in the Lyon Collection published by this house are highlighted in bold print.]

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"Hayashiya Shōgorō was only active over a short period in the middle of the nineteenth century. Around 1845, he issued his first prints, warriors triptychs by Kuniyoshi. Soon thereafter portraits of sumo wrestlers by Kunisada followed. These portraits are part of a series jointly issued with fellow publisher Ibaya Senzaburō. Hayashiya then turned toward the usual themes of the time and issued actor prints, prints of beautiful women, and prints of the "Country Genji" novel. Around 1850, he also issued one of the many Tokaidō series by Hiroshige, known as "Variations of the Formal Script Tokaidō" ("Itai reisho Tokaidō").

Quoted from: Japanese Woodblock Prints: Artists, Publishers and Masterworks 1680-1900 by Andreas Marks, p. 288.

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Among the actors' images published by this house include Asao Okuyama III, Bandō Shuka I, Bandō Mitsugorō VI, Bandō Hikasaburō IV, Ichikawa Danjūrō VIII, Ichikawa Ichizō III, Ichikawa Dannosuke V, Ichikawa Kodanji IV, Ichikawa Ebizō V, Iwai Kumesaburō III, Kataoka Gadō II, Nakamura Fukusuke I, Arashi, Kichisaburō III, Arashi Rikan III, Onoe Kikujirō II, Onoe Kikugorō III, Sawamura Yujirō I, Sawamura Chōjūrō V and Nakamura Tomijūrō II.

Actors published by this house that are represented in the Lyon Collection have their names highlighted in bold type above.