Posted by Andrew (22.214.171.124) on February 06, 2017 at 09:18:45:
In Reply to: Kiyotada sketch - signature confirmation posted by Irwin on February 05, 2017 at 22:27:02:
Hello, Irwin !
Second kanji certainly appears to be 'nao' / 'tada'
Third kanji is likely 'ga'. Therefore probably:
First kanji, it is very stylized or 'freehand'.
Can't see this as being any of the Torii Kiyotada signatures, however ... because Kiyotada in that case would be: 鳥居 清忠
Maybe a rare departure from the canonical form, by using a different 'tada' kanji? But that doesn't seem likely.
So frankly, I don't know, have never seen this signature. On the basis of overall appearance and style, I am guessing this is early-19th century.
Maybe around 1820 - 1840.
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