Posted by Alec W. (220.127.116.11) on January 03, 2019 at 06:11:19:
In Reply to: Re: Another identification posted by Tom on January 03, 2019 at 03:32:01:
Well, that's what I'm hypothesizing, yes. For one, there aren't any publisher or censor seals, or any of the usual text or graphical elements (e.g. title cartouche) his prints usually have. Second, the shape and composition of the piece are more typical of paintings of the era than prints (see one here: https://blog.britishmuseum.org/rediscovering-a-rare-japanese-painting-by-utamaro/).
Finally, those seals don't look like anything I've seen on an Utamaro print.
If my hunch is right, then I would date it around the Taisho era; print reproductions based on ukiyo-e paintings seem to have been popular around then.
But, of course, my theory could also be totally off base!
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