Posted by Richard Illing on June 20, 1998 at 01:07:35:
In Reply to: Re: Kuniteru and 47 ronin posted by Stefan Stenudd on June 19, 1998 at 02:26:52:
: And here's the woodprint to be found, together with two others of mine, of which I know even less:
: Grateful for all clues.
There seem to have been at least four artists calling themselves Kuniteru ! Your print seems show the 10th act of the 11 act kabuki play Chushingura, which dramatises the story of the 47 ronin and is likely dated to the the 1850's. This is most likely attributed to the Kuniteru, a pupil of Kunisada who called himself Sadashige while Kunisada was Kunisada and changed to Kuniteru when Kunisada assumed the name of Toyokuni (III). I cannot make out enough of the second print except to point out that it comes from a set related to the Tale of Genji. The third print would seem to be an early Meiji production, signed Sadashige and is from the design of the second that name, who would, I suppose be Kuniteru II [1829-1874]. He is also said to have been a Kunisada pupil.
If all this is a bit confusing I am sorry but I am afraid it IS confusing but it is the best I can do!
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