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Subject:Late 18thC woodblock (shunga) id?
Posted By: Michael Thu, Jan 19, 2023 IP:

Attributed in pencil to Utamaro, I believe this not to be so, perhaps Kiyonaga, Eisho or Shuncho?
Help anyone?

Subject:Re: Late 18thC woodblock (shunga) id?
Posted By: Guy Fri, Jan 20, 2023

Attributed by Fagioli to Chôkôsai Eishô (act. 1790-1800) in the catalogue 'Shunga, images du printemps', Musée d'Ixelles 1989, cat. 78, p.117).
However, Hayashi and Richard Lane attribute it to Chôkôsai Eiri (act.c. 1789-1801) because of the similarities with the ôban designs in the album 'Fumi no Kiyogaki' (Models of calligraphy) from 1801.


Subject:Re: Late 18thC woodblock (shunga) id?
Posted By: Michael Fri, Jan 20, 2023

Many thanks Guy for your research.
I believe Fagioli's choice to be the most likely. Looking at Eisho's work there is a sweetness, almost coquettishness to the features of his female subjects which can be seen in his more famous works. I think that can be seen here on the girl with the paper hat.
We can but speculate.

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