Posted by Horst Graebner (220.127.116.11) on February 03, 2021 at 12:43:57:
In Reply to: Need help to identify the artist posted by Ellie on February 03, 2021 at 00:25:04:
The print is without any doubt an Ōsaka print (publisher is “wataki“ = “Wataya Kihei“ from Ōsaka), but not even in Hendrik Lühl's book “Schätze der Kamigata” this signature is included (the book is unfortunately only available in German, but it is the most extensive that is available in a western language about Ōsaka prints there).
I read the signature as “周峰秀丸画”, possibly “Shūhō Hidemaru ga”.
There is an artist known named "Hidemaru" who was a member of the Utagawa School. But there are hardly any surviving prints to compare the signature and nothing is known about possible gō names.
The actor is Sawamura Sankichi.
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