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Subject:Help with Japanese art
Posted By: John Tue, May 07, 2019 IP:

Was wondering if anyone could tell me who this was by. Kind regards in advance.

Subject:Re: Help with Japanese art
Posted By: Guy Wed, May 08, 2019

Japanese woodblock print by Utagawa Kunisada I (1786-1865) depicting two sumô wrestlers in action, flanked by the 'gyôji' (referee). The print was issued by the publisher Nishimuraya Yohachi around 1840.

The wrestlers are from the left, Koyanagi (小柳) and Oitekaze (追手風).


Subject:Re: Help with Japanese art
Posted By: I.Nagy Wed, May 08, 2019

香蝶樓 國貞画 - Kōchōrō Kunisada-ga -Picture of Kōchōrō Kunisada
極 - Censor mark
- Publisher mark - Nishimuraya Yōhachi
Name of sumo wrestlers,
小柳   - Koyanagi
逐平風 - Oihirakaze
木村  - Kimura - Name of Gyōji (Referee)
Published between 1827-49

Name of artist,
Utagawa Kunisada a.k.a Utagawa Toyokuni III.

With regards,

Subject:Re: Help with Japanese art
Posted By: Stan Wed, May 08, 2019

Your print is by Utagawa Kunisada and was printed before 1844 when he started signing as Toyokuni.

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