Posted by Andrew (postscript) (126.96.36.199) on February 06, 2017 at 09:42:03:
In Reply to: Re: Kiyotada sketch - signature confirma posted by Irwin Lavenberg on February 05, 2017 at 22:28:17:
Actually I am thinking 'Kuninao' 国直
which is to say, the well-known Utagawa School artist.
That would fit the timeframe of the apparent period, and also the style.
Reason that didn't occur to me at first is: that in my experience, Kuninao's signature was always neatly written/carved, in his prints. Could be a messy version of his signature, on a more casual ink sketch.
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