Kuniyoshi’s Signatures

 

Below are typical signatures of Kuniyoshi’s from different years.  Like most artists, his signature changed over time, and these changes may be used to date Kuniyoshi’s prints.  Censor’s seals, the presence or absence of actors’ names, identifiable kabuki productions and more nebulous stylistic considerations may also be used.  The subject of dating Kuniyoshi’s prints is dealt with extensively in the book Kuniyoshi by Basil William Robinson (1961, Victoria and Albert Museum, London)

Year: 1816

Signature: Saihôsha Kuniyoshi ga (採芳舎 国芳 )

Year: 1831

Signature: Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga (一勇斎 国芳 )

 

Year: 1831

Signature: Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga (一勇斎 国よし )

 

The “yoshi” character is written in hiragana as よし instead of the usual .

Year: 1832

Signature: Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga (一勇斎 国芳 )

Year: 1833

Signature: Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga (一勇斎 国芳 )

Year: 1834

Signature: Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga (一勇斎 国芳 )

Year: 1836

Signature: Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga (一勇斎 国芳 )

Year: 1836

Signature: Chô-ô-rô Kuniyoshi ga (朝櫻楼 国芳 ) in gourd-shaped cartouche

Year: 1838

Signature: Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga (一勇斎 国芳 )

Year: 1839

Signature: Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga (一勇斎 国芳 )

Year: c. 1939

Signature: Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi giga (一勇斎 国芳戯画, playfully drawn by Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi)

Year: 1840

Signature: Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga (一勇斎 国芳 ) with Toshidama seal

Year: 1840

Signature: Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga (一勇斎 国芳 ) in gourd-shaped Toshidama seal

Year: 1841

Signature: Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga (一勇斎 国芳 )

Year: 1842

Signature: Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga (一勇斎 国芳 )

Year: 1843

Signature: Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga (一勇斎 国芳 )

Year: 1845

Signature: Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga (一勇斎 国芳 ) with Yoshi Kiri seal 

Year: 1845

Signature: Chô-ô-rô Kuniyoshi ga (朝櫻楼 国芳 ) with Yoshi Kiri seal 

Year: 1846

Signature: Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga (一勇斎 国芳 ) with Yoshi Kiri seal 

Year: 1847

Signature: Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga (一勇斎 国芳 ) with Yoshi Kiri seal 

Year: 1848

Signature: Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga (一勇斎 国芳 ) with Yoshi Kiri seal 

Year: 1848

Signature: Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga (一勇斎 国芳 )

Year: 1849

Signature: Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga (一勇斎 国芳 ) with Yoshi Kiri seal 

Year: 1849

Signature: Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi hitsu (一勇斎 国芳 ) with Yoshi Kiri seal 

Year: 1849

Signature: Ichiyûsai giga (一勇斎 戯画) with Yoshi Kiri seal  

 

Giga” means comic print.

Year: 1850

Signature: Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga (一勇斎 国芳 ) with Yoshi Kiri seal 

Year: 1851

Signature: Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga (一勇斎 国芳 )

Year: 1852

Signature: Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga (一勇斎 国芳 ) in gourd-shaped cartouche with Yoshi Kiri seal 

Year: 1854

Signature: Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga (一勇斎 国芳 )

Year: 1854

Signature: Chô-ô-rô (朝櫻楼) and Kuniyoshi ga (国芳 ) in separate panels

Year: 1855

Signature: Ichiyûsai (一勇斎) and Kuniyoshi ga (国芳 ) in separate panels

Year: 1856

Signature: Ichiyûsai (一勇斎) and Kuniyoshi ga (国芳 ) in separate panels

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