Posted by Hans Olof Johansson on January 30, 1999 at 15:20:27:
In Reply to: Shunko print posted by Rose on January 29, 1999 at 01:07:26:
There have been several ukiyo-e artists by the name of Shunk˘ or Shunko. My Japanese reference books even list two Shunk˘ I and two Shunk˘ II. This has, of course, caused a lot of confusion
In this case, the most likely candidate - if the attribuition on the back of your print is correct - is also known as Shunsen. He was first a pupil of Tsutsumi T˘rin III, using the name Shunrin. In 1806 he came to the studio of Katsukawa Shunei and assumed the name Shunsen, that was used on most of the prints I have seen pictures of. This is what his signature looks like on a print from 1807:
Apparently, he didn't start using the name Shunk˘ II until about 1820, and shortly after this he gave up printmaking and started decorating porcelain instead.
Adding to the confusion, there was a number of other artists by the name of Shunsen. The most famous of these, who was also a member of the Katsukawa studio, used another character for -sen in his signature, though. (Incidentally, I have scanned the signature above from a reproduction in a book, where the print is incorrectly attributed to this other Shunsen.)
As you can gather, without seeing the print, or at least a good picture of it, it is virtually impossible to identify the artist with any degree of certainty.
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