Re: Unidentified archaic print (#3)

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Posted by Guy Pepermans on February 06, 2003 at 22:54:17:

In Reply to: Re: Unidentified archaic print (#3) posted by Dick Illing on February 06, 2003 at 13:02:14:

Hello Noel and Richard,

I found a similar kidney-shaped (suhama) design in the exhibition catalogue of the Kupfertisch-Kabinett in Dresden, Germany.

This hand-colored hosoban print is by Kiyomasu II (1706-1763) The publisher was Izumyi-ya Gonshirô and it dates from ca 1730. At the right hand side there is also the title cartouche and the signature (that seems to be trimmed off in Noels print).

The print depicts Chapter 32 from the Genji Tale. The Catalogue quotes D. Waterhouse and states that the first 26 prints of this Genji-series were designed by Shigenaga. Other examples of the series are found in the Royal Museum of Toronto.

I'm not at all an expert but is it possible Shigenaga did also design Noels print? There is a ressemblance with the style of the figures on this print and a print shown in R. Lane's Images from the Foating World, p 84 pl 73.

In any case, when the artist is likely to be Toshinobu - it seems the at least 3 different artists - with different backgrounds - where producing similar prints at the same epoque. It was clearly some kind of a vogue or fashion at that particular time.


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