Hirosada II

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Woodblock diptych by Hirosada II of kabuki actors Jitsukawa Enzaburô I (left) and Mimasu Daigorô IV (right), 1853

Hirosada II, also known as Sadahiro II, was a designer of ukiyo-e Japanese woodblock prints in Osaka. He was a student of Konishi Hirosada, and assumed the name “Hirosada” in 1853, when his teacher ceased designing prints. In the summer of 1864, Hirosada I died and his student changed his name, for a second time, from “Hirosada” (廣貞) to “Sadahiro” (貞廣).

Signature[edit]

Signatures of Hirosada I (left) and Hirosada II (right), both reading “Hirosada” (廣貞)

Whereas the signature of Hirosada I is compact, Hirosada II signed his name in a large bold hand.

References[edit]

  • Keyes, Roger S., and Susumu Matsudaira, Hirosada, Ōsaka Printmaker, Long Beach, CA, University Art Museum, California State University, Long Beach, 1984, 16-17, 129-130.
  • Lane, Richard. (1978). Images from the Floating World, The Japanese Print. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780192114471; OCLC 5246796