Comparison of New Ukiyo-e Beauties: January, The Game of Poem Cards
(Shin ukiyo-e bijin awase: Ichigatsu, Karuta)
signed with artist's seal Terukata, the series title cartouche at upper right, Shin ukiyo-e bijin awase, followed by the print title, Ichigatsu- Karuta, published by Murakami, ca. 1918
dai oban tate-e 19 1/4 by 11 3/8 in., 49 by 29 cm
This series is usually identified as published by Murakami, an otherwise unknown publisher, and dated to 1924. Recent scholarship has adjusts the dating of at least a portion of the series, including this design, to 1918. A slip of paper attached to an impression of another print from the series, May, Early Summer Rain, by Nakayama Shuko (b. 1876), credits the Publication Society of Shin Ukiyo-e Bijin Awase, which may have been run by a Mr. Murakami.
Andreas Marks, Seven Masters: 20th-century Woodblock Prints from the Wells Collection, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 2015, p. 208 (regarding series dating)
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