Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849)Woodblock Prints Title:
Goddess Kannon Casting a Spell1st Publication:
H x W: 35 x 25.5 cm (13 3/4 x 10 in)Date of this edition: 1830's Publisher:
Hand Drawing. Only one existing copy. (Hanshita-e)Condition:
Some toning and foxing. Vertical and horizontal center creases now flattened. Some binding holes in the upper section of the drawing. The drawing is glued to its upper corners to a white board. Fair to good overall condition.Notes:
This unique preparatory drawing was used most likely for a design for a painting / scroll.
We were able to retrieve from a private collection about 20 rare original work from Katsushika Hokusai, including 5 preparatory drawings. This is one of them. (The name of the collection is to remain anonymous as per the family's request.)
This hand drawing is unsigned but attributed to Hokusai, from the Manji Period. It is now referenced in the online Catalogue Raisonne among many other hand drawings, as visible HEREPictures:
Pictures are taken outdoor, in the shade, to reflect true colors, without any enhancements of any kind. The last picture is taken indoor, with a light behind the print, to reveal the exact paper grain, holes if any, or other possible flaws.