Thanks John ... found some other reference to Shichimatsu ...

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Posted by Theo de Kreijger on November 17, 2002 at 21:51:32:

In Reply to: Re: Mmm, I think we should take another look ... posted by John Fiorillo on November 17, 2002 at 20:03:47:


I agree with John that the removal of the Kunisada signature from the lower right is just too crude and suspicious to avoid serious doubts. The Hiroshige signature must be a later addition as such a landscape indeed was well within Kunisada's graphic vocabulary. I found some simmilar examples from the same period on the Waseda myself to confirm that (see: print 1, print 2 and print 3). So I wholehartedly admit that the Waseda specimen should be considered earlier.

By change I found another diptych displaying the same play in "Ukiyo-e Kunstmuseum DŘsseldorf im Ehrenhof". It shows Sawamura Tosh˘ I in a double-role as Kasugaya D˘shin and Tamaya Yoji. The last one is carrying the child-actor described as "Iwai Shichimatsu" which confirms the name.

Here's a small scan of the B&W picture

The print is dated 1810s which obviously can't be correct as Sawamura Tosh˘ only started using that name in 1831.


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