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Publisher: Iseya Kanekichi (伊勢屋兼吉)

Alternate names:
Isekane (seal name - 伊勢兼)

Lifetime: circa 1837 - 1875

Related links: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston -1865 Kunichika example; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston -1852 Yoshikazu example; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston - 1863 Kyōsai example; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston - 1853 Hiroshige example; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston - 1863 Shigetsugu example; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston - 1868 Yoshitoshi triptych; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston - 1865 Sadahide triptych; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston - 1863 Hiroshige II example; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston - 1865 Kunisada II example;

Biography:

Edo/Tokyo print publisher (Marks 145). Artists published by this house include Gengyo, Hiroshige, Hiroshige II, Hiroshige III, Kunichika, Kunihisa II, Kunisada II, Kuniteru, Kuniteru II, Kuniyoshi, Kyōsai, Sadahide, Shigetsugu, Toyokuni III, Yoshikazu, Yoshitora, Yoshitsuya and Yoshitoshi.

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

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"In the late 1840s, Iseya Kanekichi started to issue actor prints by Kunisada. Having a good nose for current buyer interests, he immediately went into producing half-length actor portraits that are different from the standard full-length stage scenes as well as prints serving the Genji boom.

In 1851, only a few years after working as a publisher, Iseya became a member of the New Faction (Karigumi) of the Picture Book and Print Publishers Guild (Jihan toiya).

Quoted from: Japanese Woodblock Prints: Artists, Publishers and Masterworks 1680-1900 by Andreas Marks, p. 294.