Posted by Guy Pepermans (220.127.116.11) on June 23, 2014 at 16:44:19:
In Reply to: Interesting Signature Cartouche - assist posted by Irwin on June 22, 2014 at 23:31:35:
Here is another copy of this triptych. This Utagawa Kuniaki (dates ?) was a direct pupil of Kunimasa IV/Kunisada III.
The suffix 'hoga' (sometimes also used as a prefix) is found in earlier prints and ehon indicating the artist who designed the insert ('by interpolation'). Strangely, in the colophon of some ehon I encountered, just one illustrating artist is mentioned with the suffix 'hoga' - p.e. Hokusai hoga', without trace of a further 2nd illustrator.
In this case, Kuniaki could have designed the background.
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