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Artist: Utagawa Kuniyoshi (歌川国芳)

Print: Female admirers weeping before a large memorial portrait of the Ichikawa Danjūrō VIII

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Dates: created,1854
Dimensions: 9.5 in,13.75 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: Color woodblock print

Related links: Edo-Tokyo Museum; Waseda University; Fine Arts Museums, San Francisco; Tokyo Metropolitan Library; Chiba City_Museum of Art;

Physical description:

Like most shini-e or memorial prints this one is unsigned by the artist. Many scholars, collectors, dealers and museums have ascribed this print to Kuniyoshi. One site, Waseda University, says it is by Yoshimune, Kuniyoshi's pupil. Many sites online list this print as 'Artist unknown'. Therefore, until something absolute is found the attribution will be anyone's guess - even though stylistically it does look like a Kuniyoshi composition.

This print appears in black and white in the section on Death and Dying in The Male Journey in Japanese Prints by Roger Keyes, p. 184. This example can be found in the Achenbach Foundation collection, San Francisco.

There is another copy of this print in the National Gallery, Prague.

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The text in the upper right reads:

嘉永七甲寅年八月六日
猿白院成清日田信士
行年三十二才
辞世

The next line reads:

うしろ不二難波に残す旅の空

Text on the other side says:

梅屋
女猫まで袖になみだを
ふく牡丹 なくやひさごの
つるの林に