Yokokawa Takejirō (横川彫武) (carver 1800s)

Hori Take (彫竹)



This carver worked for a number of different publishers including Ibaya Senzaburō ca. 1847-52, Tsutaya Kichizō in 1852, Yamaguchiya Tōbei in 1852, Tsujiokaya Bunsuke in 1852, Izutsuya Shōkichi in 1852, Moriya Jihei in 1852, Daikyū in 1852, Sumiyoshiya Masagorō in 1852, Koshimuraya Heisuke from 1853-6?, Iseya Kanekichi from 1852-1859, Maruya Seijirō in 1854, Maruya Kyūshirō from 1854-5, Minatoya Kohei in 1855, Kobayashi Tetsujirō, Uoya Eikichi from 1857-9, Wakasaya Yoichi in 1858, Ebisuya Shōshichi from 1858-9, Hayashiya Shōgorō from ca. 1847-1859, Yamadaya Shōjirō from 1855-1862, Fujiokaya Keijirō in 1859, Yamaguchiya Tōbei in 1859, Enshūya Hikobei, Hiranoya Shinzō in 1861, Kiya Sōjirō from 1860-1863, Tsutaya Kichizō in 1865, Daikokuya Heikichi from 1858-1866 and Hanabusaya Bunzō in 1865. [The publishers in the Lyon Collection that have this carver's seal appearing on them have their names highlighted in bold type.]

He carved prints designed by Hiroshige, Kuniyoshi, Toyokuni III, Gengyo, Hiroshige II, Kunichika, Kunisada II, Kuniteru II, Kuniaki II and Kunisato.

We have relied on information posted at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts for this entry. Their site is wonderful, but as they note it is not 100% accurate. However, it is more reliable than most and we would urge you to visit it.

There are two different carver seals used by this person.


On June 16, 2022 Horst Graebner wrote via email to say: "Regarding the block carver Yokokawa Takejirō: The name of the carver was Yokokawa Takejirō, on prints written as 横川竹次郎 / 横川竹治郎 / 横川竹二郎 The most commonly used short form on prints is "hori Take" (彫竹); I don't know any print with the writing "彫武". "hori Take" (彫竹) isn’t an alternate name but a seal meaning "carver Take" / "carved by Take". I know 10 different seals used by him: hori Take (kanji), hori Take (hori written with hiragana), hori kō Take (hori kō = master carver / artsit carver or carved by the master / artist), hori kō Takejirō, hori kō Yokogawadō, Yokogawadō hori Take, Yokogawa hori Take, Yokogawa hori kō Take, hori kō Yokokawa Takejirō (Takejirō written with different kanj) See also "Gordon Friese. Hori-shi. 364 facsimiles of different seals from 107 Japanese engravers". Unna 2009, numbers 185 to 167. (out of sale) Kindest regards Horst Graebner [Kunisada Project)"