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Publisher: Moriya Jihei (森屋治兵衛)

Alternate names:
Kinshindō (firm name - 錦森堂)
Moriji (seal name - 森治)
Ishikawa Jihei (family name - 石川治兵衛)

Lifetime: circa 1797 - 1886

Related links: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston - 1811 Eizan example; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston - ca. 1832 Hokusai example; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston - ca. 1797 Utamaro example; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston - 1854 Fusatane example; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston - 1854 Nanrei example; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston - 1861 Sadahide example; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston - 1858 Kunichika triptych; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston - 1799 Toyokuni I example; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston - Kuniyasu example; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston - 1766 Kiyomitsu example; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston - Kuniyoshi example; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston - Chōki example; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston - Kunimaru diptych; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston - Hokuju example; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston - 1858 Yoshikazu example; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston - 1855 Yoshitora triptych; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston - Eishō triptych; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston - 1857 Kunitsuru example; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston - 1811 Shun'ei examples; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston - 1854 Gengyo example; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston - 1865 Yoshitoshi example; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston - 1852 Kunisada II triptych; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston - Shuntei diptych; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston - 1808 Utamaro II example;

Biography:

Edo/Tokyo print publisher (Marks 353) seal name Moriji, firm name Kinshindō. Artists published by this house include Chōki, Eisen, Eisho, Eizan, Fusatane, Gengyo, Hiroshige, Hiroshige II, Hokuju, Hokusai, Kiyohiro, Kiyomitsu, Kunichika, Kinihisa, Kunimaru, Kunimitsu, Kuninao, Kuninobu, as Kunisada & Toyokuni III, Kunisada II, Kuniteru, Kunitsuru, Kuniyasu, Kuniyoshi, Nanrei, Sadafusa, Sadahide, Sadatora, Shigemasa, Shigemasa II, Shun'ei, Shuntei, Toyokuni I, Toyokuni II, Utamaro, Utamaro II, Yoshikazu ,Yoshitora and Yoshitoshi.

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

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"The earliest dated prints by Moriya Jihei date from the year 1797. Moriya started with publishing beauties by Utamaro and actors by Toyokuni. Amongst this early work is an untitled series showing a pair of actors in half-length from the play "Tsuki wa Musashi no aki no sewagoto." Moriya's business went well and by 1807 he was one of the few members of the newly founded Guild of Picture Books and Prints Publishers (Jihon toiya). From 1811 to 1813 he sometimes acted as a censor of prints. He also started to produce illustrated books, initially with Shuntei, then with Kunisada and other artists."

This is from Japanese Woodblock Prints: Artists, Publishers and Masterworks 1680-1900 (p. 226) by Andreas Marks.