The upper part (right side/left side/up-down reads "hanken shoju" - Copyright Reserved), the lower four characters read "Doi Teiichi." Doi is the family name, the first name "Teiichi" can also be pronounced "Sadaichi".
Note--this seal is not "framed" compared to all later seals.
Artists whose works were published by Doi were among others Hasui, Koitsu and the French artist Nouet.
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Almost all prints of the "E" type show the combination Harada (carver) and Yokoi (printer), indicating that the original blocks were recut by Harada.
Other prints of "Doi Hangaten" show Itoh as printer, however, no further printers are known to the author in this seal combination.
Its artists produced woodblock prints and paintings of such subjects as female beauties; kabuki actors and sumo wrestlers; scenes from history and folk tales; travel scenes and landscapes; flora and fauna; and erotica.
The term ukiyo-e () translates as "picture[s] of the floating world".
Many indulged in the entertainments of kabuki theatre, courtesans, and geisha of the pleasure districts.
The term ukiyo ("floating world") came to describe this hedonistic lifestyle.
**UPDATES (January 2004 and June 2005) Recent research conducted by Marc Kahn now indicates a strong likelihood that this "E" seal ("Doi Hangaten/Harada/Yokoi" seal combination) may well have been used on PRE-War Doi-published prints during the period of 1936/38 to 1956 and onward to 1962.
(For further comments, see UPDATES below.) Published by "Hamamatsudo". These prints bear the carver Harada and printer Seki names.
His early printings during the late 1930's of various images by artist Koitsu were so superb that he was then apparently promoted to be Doi's "principal printer," a position which he maintained until his retirement from Doi in 1965.