Posted by Hans Mortensen on January 17, 1999 at 16:45:07:
In Reply to: Re: Re: Are those made by Kuniteru? posted by Hans Olof Johansson on January 11, 1999 at 09:22:26:
: 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 gô to Kunihiko II (this change was announced on a print displayed online by John Boyd III, by the way). The gô of Kuniteru then passed on to Kuniteru II.
: Your prints, Hans, belong to a series that was published about 1850. The title is Igagoe dôchû 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.
Thank you to Theo and Hans Olof for the very informative informations given.
As suggested I have investigated the print from behind the "passe-partout". Unfortunately the print is trimmed as Hans Olof mentioned. Why would any one do this?
I have now added a picture of each print in a higher resolution to the web-site and reordered the 4 prints according to the numbering information you gave. I am not able to read the japanese signs so I would appreciate if any one could spend the time to help me with the ordering of the remaining 6 prints.
The serie have been in our possesion since 1969 and we enjoy them and the atmosphere they are supplying to our home.
I will now visit the library to find the books mentioned by Hans Olof.
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