Re: Unknown Triptych


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Posted by Alec W. (174.105.163.103) on June 12, 2020 at 21:31:25:

In Reply to: Unknown Triptych posted by Justine on June 11, 2020 at 12:29:34:

https://data.ukiyo-e.org/uploads/images/73ba07a2d201102724fc6309fe043d0a.jpg

I have located another print in the same series that is signed by Yōsai Nobukazu 楊斎延一, but I don't recognize the signature on yours at all.

The other design:
http://www.dh-jac.net/db/nishikie/BM-1906_1220_1661(1)/portal/
http://www.dh-jac.net/db/nishikie/BM-1906_1220_1661(2)/portal/
http://www.dh-jac.net/db/nishikie/BM-1906_1220_1661(3)/portal/

This other design bears a publication date of Meiji 29 (1896). It's a little hard to see the date on yours, but I think it says Meiji 30 (1897). I haven't managed to find any information on the series to speak of -- it's not listed in Marks, nor is it mentioned on the Wikipedia entries for either Nobukazu or the series publisher, Hasegawa Sonokichi 長谷川園吉.

So I see the two most likely possibilities as:
(1) the signature belongs to an obscure student of either Chikanobu or Nobukazu, or
(2) the signature belongs to Nobukazu, but using a different (poorly documented) name.

For what it's worth, the name in the signature appears to me to start with 鳳 (probably read "hō"), but I won't even hazard a guess as to the second kanji.

-A


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