Posted by Guy Pepermans (126.96.36.199) on February 08, 2019 at 18:04:36:
In Reply to: Request identifying a print posted by Lauren on February 08, 2019 at 15:50:20:
The print is signed 'Soraku ga' (素らく画). The ukiyo-e artist Soraku (素楽, dates unknown) worked during Kansei (1789-1801) in the style of Utamaro.
The circular mark at the left is a publisher's mark of an unindentified Edo Publisher (Marks: Seal 08-014, Publisher U473).
Seems to be a key block proof for a print in a series titled 'Shinsen Nijűshik˘' (新撰廿四孝 - Newly edited Twenty-four Paragons of Filial Piety). The subject here is a mitate of paragon nr 16 'T˘ei' (董永), Toei bidding farewell to Heavenly Weaver.
The series seems not to be recorded.
Very interesting and rare stuff. What is the provenance of your print?
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