Re: Publisher and date

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Posted by Blockhead ( on February 06, 2017 at 12:48:58:

In Reply to: Publisher and date posted by Erich Suner on February 04, 2017 at 16:13:01:

When it comes to dating prints with only the kiwame seal (like yours) or no seals at all, the best that can be done with non-kabuki performance prints is an approximation.

Actually, yours is a kabuki print, but I think it is an off-stage depiction rather than a performance. The lettering on the right (no kei=a view of) is part of a title that must have continued on the other sheet(s) of this polyptych. I believe this is the title of the print, not of a play.

In such cases, the best we can do is to triangulate with other clues. Here you have the actor Sawamura Tossho, who held that name from the very end of 1831 to mid-1844, and a Sadafusa print much in the style of mid-1830s Kunisada. So I would guess the year of original production to be something like c. 1832-1838.

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