The Japanese wood blocks are sometimes quite humorous with a social commentary. This is a marvelous and genuine 19th century Hiroshige II (1829-1869) print. It shows a naughty boy shooting a jet of water in the face of a samurai attendant while his master looks on. Judging by the looks on the faces of the passers by, they all approved, including the mother who seems to be giving them a tongue lashing. Image is 9 x 13 1/2 inches showing and in a 14 by 18 inch frame. (Note. The frame is not bent, just camera lens angle.) The colors are fine, with that wonderful deep blue fading to light blue and white. There are some light creases, and the outer margins were probably trimmed. Signature of Hiroshige, and in the lower left margin, full seals of the censor, publisher, and the woodblock carver (this last is relatively unusual).
This is a nice Hiroshige with an super subject matter.
---------Note 1. The first seal is that of the censor, and the top character within the seal signifies the year of the goat. The center seal is that of the publisher, Joshu-ya Kinzo, 1830s-50s; it gives the address also within the seal. The last is the carver's seal, can't decipher. Wonderful to have them all lined up like that.
--------Note 2. This woodblock is #11 from the genre series Edo Meisho-Zue (Famous views of Edo). Edo was the old name for Tokyo.
---------Note 3. Hiroshige II was also known as Shigenobu and Ryusho. He used the name of his father-in-law, Hiroshige, from 1858-65.