Re: ID print

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Posted by Kurt ( on December 01, 2015 at 05:51:10:

In Reply to: ID print posted by Tomek on November 30, 2015 at 17:18:13:

The title of the artwork is ‘The Battle of Kawanakajima’ 川中嶋大合戦 (Kawanakajima ô-kassen).
It is the LHS panel of an 1855 triptych by Utagawa Kuniyoshi.


In the lower RHS of the panel you’ll see the publisher seal of Yamaguchi-ya Tōbei, which is half cut off. Beside it is a separate date and Aratame seal: i.e. 1855 (Hare), 1st month, ‘examined’.

In the lower LHS of the print there is a double cartouche (two separate rectangles, one in red) that is consistent with Kuniyoshi prints from this 1854–1856 period. Regarding this double cartouche, the RHS rectangle shows only a hint of the last kanji, which should/would read 一勇齋 ‘Ichiyūsai’, while on the left, the signature follows with 國芳 画 ‘Kuniyoshi ga’, or ‘Kuniyoshi picture’. Therefore, the print is (or should be) signed 一勇齋 國芳 画 ‘Ichiyūsai Kuniyoshi ga’. There is a space for a Yoshi kiri seal below the red cartouche (observable on the Robinson T316 example); on the face of things, given there appears to be little rubbing or repair in the area, it was never printed onto it. Perhaps someone else can account for the absence of the seal, whether it’s connected to the printing process/paper it’s printed on or just one more vagary across editions.


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