Re: Hiroshige or Kunisada I

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Posted by David on November 17, 2002 at 06:20:17:

In Reply to: Hiroshige or Kunisada I posted by Lu-Lu on November 17, 2002 at 03:26:23:

Lulu, this is a startling addition! One must now seriously consider the possibility that the Hiroshige signature may have been added to this print after the original signature was trimmed off. In fact, the position of the Hiroshige signature is rather odd, and it looks a little lighter than the other lines. Moreover, considering that the publisher is the same, it would be surprising to see the print attributed by the signature to 2 different artists - though I wouldn't put anything beyond a publisher who needed better sales of a design in a later run. The style of this print, though, looking again, is very much Kunisada's. As Hiroshige's actor prints around this time are few in number, the combination of these pieces of evidence strongly suggest that this is a Kunisada print with the signature removed and a Hiroshige signature added.

This is an not uncommon happening. I've seen sheets from Ehon matsu no shirabe signed Shunsho (falsely added), an oban ritual print of Michizane signed Harunobu [sic!] and all manner of prints from ikebana sheets to late comic prints falsely signed Utamaro. But no one adds the Kunisada signature!!!

: hello.
: There is a Goto-tei Kunisada's print on the web that is very simmilar to your print.
: Check the URL.
: Does this help you?

: This kunisada's print depicts the actors from the kabuki performance which was played in 1932 and titled "zouho tukushi no iezuto". The child actor's name appears "Iwai shi-shi-matsu", but I am not sure. The last kanji caracter is "matsu" that means pine.
: I have no idea why both prints are very alike but the signatures are differnt.

: Best regards.

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