signed at lower right in kanji, Kakunen with artist's rectangular seal Tsuruoka, the Japanese title along the left margin, Ugono Half Dome, Yosemite kokuritsu koe, and dated Sen-kyuhyaku-sanjuroku-nen, rokugatsu shasei (1936, 6th month, sketched), with oval seal Tsuruoka on the bottom margin and pencil signature with later date and notation, Kakunen Tsuruoka, 1941 This is The Only Copy, ca. 1936
oban tate-e 15 1/2 by 10 1/4 in., 39.3 by 26 cm
The relatively rough printing inclusive of carving and printing flaws such as the uncleared black line in the margin and uneven treatment of the background block along the edges indicates that this is a very preliminary test print. The notation in the artist's hand along the bottom margin confirms that (for unknown reasons), this design never advanced into production.
From the Collection of the Tsuruoka Family
Image rights: Scholten Japanese Art