Shunk˘ uki-e - a different signature.

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Posted by Guy Pepermans on April 19, 2003 at 00:39:20:

This early landscape print in western perspective (uki-e) is signed by "Shunk˘".

The print depicts a procession at Atago-yama near Edo and I presume that it is part of a "hakkei" (title) series (Eight views of the Eastern Capital?).

The print was published by "Marujin" - a censor seal is lacking. I think it must be dated back to the late 18th C or the early 19th C.

The signature reads "Shunko" but can also be read as "Shun-beni"(1)and is written in a distinct way to the signature of Katsukawa Shunk˘ (2)or that of Kash˘sai Shunsen after he became "Shunk˘ II" in 1812(3). The famous Osaka artist "Hokushu", who signed also as "Shunk˘" in 1818 can to my opinion completely be discarded.

In his excellent book Basil Stewart(*) states that this obscure "Shunk˘" was a late pupil of "Shunei". However, none of the other reference books I have read do not longer mention this artist and his particular signature; I encountered one case where the signature was attibuted to "Shunko II" alias "Shunsen".

So what to think of this? Who knows more?

* Stewart, B., A Guide to Japanese Prints and Their Subject Matter, Dover Publications, NY, 1979, p. 42. (first published in 1922).

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