Re: Utagawa Kunisada

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Posted by Horst Graebner ( on April 22, 2022 at 10:13:01:

In Reply to: Re: Utagawa Kunisada posted by Hans van gelder on April 21, 2022 at 22:25:17:

Some prints have been sold for years, sometimes for a decade or more.
Several editions were made and the color palette changed from edition to edition.
Your print is from a late edition (the edges of the color plates are frayed) and the colors are faded (the print has obviously been exposed to light for a long time) and altered by exposure to light.
Green turns to blue and violet to light brown, yellow almost disappears.
A new printing plate was apparently cut for parts of the decor; probably because the old printing plate had been destroyed or lost for unknown reasons.
However, your print is certainly from its time and not a reproduction.

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