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Subject:Samurai on Nathans Hotdog Ad
Posted By: Brad Ellis Tue, Jun 16, 2020 IP: 98.185.54.163

Hello,

I'm trying to find out more information on this painting I bought about 20 years ago at a flea market in Guerneville, CA (North of San Francisco). Very little information on it. It seems to be painted over an old Nathans Hotdog photo/ad. The only markings are on the front and it looks to be a stamp filled in by someone with ink (see picture).

I've always wondered about the painting and never been able to find out any information on it. Hopefully someone here may know something or can point me in the right direction.

Thanks in advance for any help from anyone.







Subject:Re: Samurai on Nathans Hotdog Ad
Posted By: Guy Wed, Jun 17, 2020

The design is based on an Japanese woodblock (ukiyo-e), published in Osaka ca 1850.
The warrior-archer is in fact a kabuki actor performing on stage. I could not find the original print directly, but the artist was probably Hirosada, Kunikazu or an other designer active in Osaka at that time.

Guy.

Subject:Re: Samurai on Nathans Hotdog Ad
Posted By: Brad Ellis Thu, Jun 18, 2020

Thanks for the info Guy.

Subject:Re: Samurai on Nathans Hotdog Ad
Posted By: J. Boussinesq Thu, Jun 18, 2020

This is a 1979 lithograph by Michael Knigin, who mixed ukiyo-e with modern cities. According to Google, it is "Ensaburo" After Kunishige.


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