Iwatoya Kisaburô

[岩戸屋喜三郎](c1760s-1832)


  • Edo Nihonbashi Yokoyamachô Kitagawa Nishi Kado (until c1802)
  • Edo Nihonbashi Yokoyamachô Nichôme (from c1811)

In 1807, Iwatoya Kisaburô became a member of the Picture Book and Print Publishers Guild Jihon toiya, and in 1812 the Guild of Book Publishers Shomoto toiya. He was a censor of prints from 1811 to 1815.

Iwatoya initially made his name publishing Shunchô and Toyoharu, followed by series of prints and books by Eishi, Utamaro, Hokusai, Eizan, Shun'ei, Chôki, Toyahiro and Kunisada.

Kisaburô supported Hokusai in the 1810s, when he had yet to establish his reputation. He may have been recommended to Kisaburô by Toyahiro (Hokusai's teacher).

Source: Marks: Japanese Woodblock Prints, Artists, Publishers and Masterworks 1680-1900: Tuttle Publishing, Tokyo