Re: Kunichika Student

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Posted by Irwin ( on January 20, 2015 at 19:26:42:

In Reply to: Re: Kunichika Student posted by Guy Pepermans on January 20, 2015 at 15:55:03:

The 1895-1896 banzuke-type actor triptych in my collection used the same blocks as the 1891-1892 triptych in the collections of the JAC and NLA. The only difference is the scroll across the top of the print that is updated with the actor salaries of the 1896 kabuki season. So the artist signature is identical on both baznuke-type prints. The only other print I found that is credited to Chikamitsu is a single-sheet print titled 東京名所国会議事堂 which appears on a list of prints issued by the Bunsei bookstore. On this list they give the artist's name 画工 as "周光",the publisher's name as "今井敬太郎" (Imai Keitarō)and the publishing date of Meiji 28.

So, we are left with another little mystery artist. If I find out more I'll post it on my website under the artist's name. For now his bio reads:
"No information is available on this artist who was a pupil of Toyohara Kunichika (18351900). In addition to this collection's triptych depicting famous actors of the day* I can find reference to only one other print created by the artist, a single-sheet print dated May, 1895 depicting the national diet building and titled
東京名所国会議事堂 (Famous Places of Tokyo, National Diet Building).

The National Library of Australia lists the artist's family name as "Toyohara," but I believe that is just a supposition based upon his being a student of Toyohara Kunichika.

*note that this collection's actor triptych uses the same blocks as an earlier triptych in the collections of the Japan Arts Council and the National Library of Australia published in 1891. See Ranking of Wages of Tokyo Actors for more information."

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