Re: Re: Are those made by Kuniteru?

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Posted by Hans Olof Johansson on January 11, 1999 at 09:22:26:

In Reply to: Re: Are those made by Kuniteru? posted by Theo de Kreijger on January 11, 1999 at 01:37:13:

Richard Lane (Images from the Floating World, Oxford University Press 1978) and Laurance P Roberts (A Dictionary of Japanese Artists, Weatherhill 1976) both lists four Kuniterus supposed to be active mid or late 19th century. Japanese reference literature seems to favour the idea of only three different artists using the name. Three years ago I made some research and came to the conclusion, that the artist generally referred to as Kuniteru I used this name at least from about 1844. In 1855 he changed his g to Kunihiko II (this change was announced on a print displayed online by John Boyd III, by the way). The g of Kuniteru then passed on to Kuniteru II.

Your prints, Hans, belong to a series that was published about 1850. The title is Igagoe dch sugoroku, and it is based on a kabuki play with the same title, about a vendetta carried out in 1634.

As Theo suggested, you should be able to find censors' seals in the margin, unless the prints have been trimmed. I have a photo of print no 10 on Hans' web page. It is really print number 4 of the series, and it carries the seals of Fuku and Muramatsu in the upper margin.

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