A query for your assistance please

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Posted by Craig M ( on March 15, 2022 at 23:24:39:



I cannot find any information or other images of this print that I purchased here in NZ about 30 years ago. As far as I can tell, it's by Utagawa Kunisada and a portrait of the famous actor Iwai Kumesaburo.

I'm also wondering, judging by the signature, if it was created before 1844 (maybe 1823)? On the website http://www.kunisada.de there is reference to a series of signatures relating to Gototei, specifically "Gototei Kunisada ga" which has something to do with the Kunisda family ferry business. There are 15 signatures shown, and the signature that is third from the right (ie, 12th from the left) looks very much like the one on my print.

So, could I be on the right track? And, is the image known anywhere else?

Yours sincerely,
Craig Matthews, Wellington, New Zealand

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