Posted by Hans Olof Johansson (126.96.36.199) on March 09, 2016 at 10:56:06:
In Reply to: Can someone identity artist? posted by Scott C on March 07, 2016 at 05:48:28:
It appears to be heavily trimmed and also discoloured. The artist is probably Kunisada or one of his contemporaries in the Utagawa school, though the signature and other marks were lost in the trimming.
Anyway it's a portrait of an actor by the name of Ichikawa Kuz˘ (市川九蔵), probably the one who is usually known as Ichikawa Danz˘ VI and took the name Kuz˘ in 1835 on his return from Osaka to Edo. This would date the print to the second half of the 1830s or the early 1840s. Hopefully Paul Griffith or some other kabuki expert reads this and corrects me if I'm wrong.
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