Posted by Theo de Kreijger on July 13, 2003 at 13:42:24:
In Reply to: Is this the signature of Hiroshige or of Hiroshige II posted by Andrew on July 13, 2003 at 12:26:05:
This is a single seal with "aratame" + year and month. They were used from 1859 up to 1871. Because Hiroshige I died in 1858, this must be a collaboration between Toyokuni III and Hiroshige II. The month-sign in the seal is clearly the 2nd, but the year is hard to see. My guess is that it's the rat year (1864), this because the publisher seal says "Hiranoya Shinz˘ (Aikind˘)". This publisher is found on the "Edo Jiman Sanjűrokkuten" series or "Thirty-six Places, the Pride of Edo". These prints show landscapes by Hiroshige II and people by Toyokuni III (aka Kunisada I).
If you could add a scan of the whole print, the mystery would be solved at once :o)
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