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Publisher: Kawaguchiya Uhei (川口屋卯兵衛)

Alternate names:
Fukusendō (firm name - 福川堂)
Kawaguchi (seal name - 川口)
Kawaguchi Uhei (family name - 川口卯兵衛)

Related links: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston - Eizan example; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston - Eisen example; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston - Hiroshige example; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston - Yoshimune example; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston - Yoshiyuki example; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston - Sadahide example; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston - Toyokuni II example; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston - Sadatsuna example; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston - Shunkō II example;

Biography:

Edo print publisher (Marks 232). Started in the first decade of the nineteenth century and closed in VI/1852.

Artists published by this house include Eisen, Eizan, Hiroshige, Kuniaki, Kunimitsu, as both Kunisada and Toyokuni III, Kuniyasu, Kuniyoshi, Sadahide, Sadamasa, Sadatsuna, Shun'ei, Shunkō, Shunkō II, Shunsen, Toyokuni I, Toyokuni II, Yoshimune and Yoshiyuki.

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

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"Kawaguchiya Uhei started his business in the 1800s. He established a very good relationship with the young artist Kunisada and, in 1808, seems to have been the first who issued his actor prints. Shortly in 1812 Kawaguchiya served as an official censor of prints. In 1815, he produced one of Kunisada's best early series, "The Great Hits of the Stage" (Ōatari kyōgen no uchi), showing striking close-ups of actors."