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Posted By: Marilyn Wed, Jun 27, 2018 IP: 2601:280:4900:47c3:3

I love this wood block print that I think is about Rags to Riches. I would love to know who it is by and if my interpretation is correct. Thank you!

Subject:Re: Woodblock
Posted By: I.Nagy Thu, Jun 28, 2018

歌麿筆   Brush by Utamaro
Woodblock print by Kitagawa Utamaro 喜多川歌麿 1753-1806 
Printer mark,
本 近江屋 かや町 Books Ōmiya Kaya-chō
Title (Not indicated),
Woman holding a fan, on her knee a child holding a cat
Painting insert,
Kintarō is depicted as beating a bear in sumo wrestling with his step-mother Yaama-uba (Mountain-witch) - Inscription 兄弟 - Brothers
i.e Kintarō and the Bear)

With regards,

Subject:Re: Woodblock
Posted By: Marilyn Thu, Jun 28, 2018

one more question, does the printer mark mean this print was taken from a book and is not an authentic woodblock print?

Subject:Re: Woodblock
Posted By: I.Nagy Fri, Jun 29, 2018

The very orignal prints are over 200 years old.
I think your print is a modern reprint version from newly carved woodblocks, which are available
in art-shops in Japan. If you take it out from the passepartout you certainly find the mark of reprint publisher.

With regards,
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