Posted by Plasmo (188.8.131.52) on October 20, 2018 at 16:19:26:
In Reply to: Re: Artist identity posted by Guy Pepermans on October 20, 2018 at 15:49:27:
This one is indeed a bit tricky. The character 松 is not written as you would 'normally' (i.e. from a modern standpoint of view) expect. Here, its elements are not arranged horizontally, but rather vertically with 木 on top and 公 underneath.
This variant was comparatively popular in Edo times, so that you can find it on various ukiyo-e as well.
For instance, take a look at the red cartouche in the upper right of the following print reading Matsu˘-maru 松王丸:
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