Which Hiroshige is this?

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Posted by Peter Gallagher on April 27, 2003 at 01:16:47:

Hello all,
I hope somebody can put me out of my mysery in trying to decide if this print os signed by Hiroshige or Hiroshige II.

Even having looked here: http://www.bahnhof.se/~secutor/ukiyo-e/signatur.html
I can't satisfy myself whether it is (using to the link above) either:
1) Hiroshige 1858
2) HiroshigeII early 1860's

Obviously, "ga" is absent.
The red seal seems very reminiscent of "Ichiryusai" (see: "A Guide to Japanese pritcs ." - Stewart, page 364), but is not identical. Even so; there are elements of this red seal which are most similar.
The print is probably part of a harimaze-e (Size is 8.5 in. x 4 in)

What I find surprising is that, at the top-right of the print, the text seems to be accompanied/preceded by what looks to me like a (part)signature - perhaps a reference to the artist himself?

I have sent a close-up of this text to a teacher of Japanese in the hope that he would be able to decipher what appears to me to be either a poem or an anecdote from the master himself(!), but alas - it was beyond both him and his (native speaking, Japanese) wife.
I would dearly love to have a translation of this, though I appreciate it is probably a daunting task and probably too much to ask for.
My curiosity would be greatly relieved with a more learned opinion than mine on the signature alone.

In any case, many thanks - as always, for any help.

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