Re: Unknown Meiji-period signature

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Posted by Hans Olof Johansson ( on May 24, 2007 at 21:58:59:

In Reply to: Re: Unknown Meiji-period signature posted by Hans Olof Johansson on May 23, 2007 at 20:09:31:


The hunt for Kobayashi Eisei/Ksai has now led me in the direction of Toshimitsu, a pupil of Yoshitoshi.

I discovered that Waseda University has another copy of the sugoroku print I referred to the other day, and it's attributed to Kobayashi Toshimitsu. (See

"Genshoku ukiyo-e daihyakka jiten" lists two pupils of Yoshitoshi by the name of Toshimitsu: 年充 and 年光. The former, who was supposedly active 1871-1877, also used the g Ksai (高斎). The latter is said to have been active 1877-1904 and also used the g Shinsai (進斎). His real name was Kobayashi Eisei (古林栄成)- still according to "Genshoku ukiyo-e daihyakka jiten".

As he real name Kobayashi Eisei is recorded on the above-mentioned sugoroku print from 1876, which also bears the signature "Oju Shinsai ga", and I'm rather sure that at least one of the Hagi Uragami prints combines the real name Kobayashi Eisei with the g Ksai, I strongly believe that the two Toshimitsus are in fact one and the same.

Best regards,
Hans Olof

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