Posted by Alec W. (126.96.36.199) on June 29, 2018 at 21:41:14:
In Reply to: Re: unknown print posted by Kari on June 28, 2018 at 11:33:45:
I can't say whether the artist is Toyokuni I or II, but some thoughts...
The text is hard to read, but I think it may say 「坂東秀佳」, ("Bandō Shūka") which would be a reference to the actor Bandō Mitsugorō III. I can find a number of Toyokuni I depictions of the same actor using the same name, but I've also found one by Toyokuni II (and several by Kunisada).
My other observation is that Toyokuni I was a *much* more prolific artist than Toyokuni II, so you could say that it's more likely to be a Toyokuni I design, statistically speaking.
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