As it is Urushibara week, I offer this post on the scholar and dealer, Ken Hoshino, as my contribution. Hoshino was born in Japan but left in 1898 to study at Columbia University in New York City. Following graduation, he then moved to London where he eventually set up a business selling prints on Chancery Lane.
He was in business by 1907 when he sold 23 images to the British Museum. The woodblock by Utagawa Yotohiro (top) was one of them and the image of fighting during the Sino-Japanese War by Gessa c1904 (below) was another. In between them there is a 1912 advert from the Froebel Society Journal for the popular bird and flower prints. (I await identification and I am not going to put much money on Koson).
Urushibara's images were made some time around 1912 or so. Many are signed and are quite clearly colour woodcuts, but at some point at least two different images were published by Ken Hoshino and Co. According to the Japanese Gallery the Hoshino Stonehenge print they had for sale was a lithograph. It had a chop-mark like the one you see here and an inscription (see below) but no signature. I have never seen one of these Hoshino prints, so I am not going to go in for any guesswork or conjecture. It's interesting all the same to see Urushibara taking a commercial approach (as his old employers did in Tokyo) at a stage where he was beginning to make prints of his own. It was not untill 1920 that The bamboo vase, his first truly independent colour woodcut, was first exhibited in London. It was a long apprenticeship but there is a process here, I think, and an acute one.