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Utagawa Yoshimine (active c. 1855-1877)

Biographical Data


Utagawa Yoshimine 歌川芳峯 (active c. 1855-1877)

Sources: A Dictionary of Japanese Artists: Painting, Sculpture, Ceramics, Prints, Lacquer, Laurance P. Roberts, Weatherhill, 1976, p. 95; The Theatrical World of Osaka Prints, Roger S. Keyes and Keiko Mizushima, David R. Godine in association with Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1973, p. 255 and 279.

An obscure Osaka-based artist, who created several Osaka kabuki prints and a number of nishiki-e shinbun (newspaper color woodblocks 錦絵新聞).  We do know that he was from the Utagawa school and a pupil of Utagawa Yoshiume, (1818-1879) an Osaka printmaker and illustrator and a student of the famous Utagawa Kuniyoshi.  His family name at birth was Takebe 武部 and his personal name was Yasubei 安兵衛,  During his career he used a number of gō including Gyokutei 玉亭, Ichibaisai 一梅斎, Kochōrō 胡蝶楼 and Kyokutei 旭亭. 

Sample Signatures and Seals


?? 芳峰画
unread characters on right followed by Yoshimine ga
玉亭 / ?
Gyokutei / unread seal

Gyokutei Yoshimine ga