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Old 01-06-2023, 10:16 AM   #1
Ellis Amdur
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Reading of Artist's Name

Assistance please. Finishing up my latest novel, set in Meiji, and I'm trying to get the name of an artist whose picture I found on the web and we are using as part of the cover art. Can anyone give me a reading of this? I'll keep looking for other pages with the artwork using interweb search engines, but I've not found one with it labeled. [The image is on Pininterest and for sale at an online gallery (whom I've written to and not gotten a reply) - so if anyone can read the characters and identify the artist, I'd really appreciate it. https://www.facebook.com/photo?fbid=....1124241945362

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Old 01-06-2023, 11:26 AM   #2
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Re: Reading of Artist's Name

Well, here's as far as my research got me: The full text of the picture is
大正癸亥春仲 琴石生
The upper part of the text indicates the Taisho era (大正).
The explanation after this ー癸亥 (made according to the Chinese tradition) gives the year 1923; it is the twelfth year of Taisho.
The following characters also correspond to the Chinese calendar and are read as "February (Lunar Calendar) 春仲".

I've found an artist named 森琴石 - Mori Kinseki died in 1921. He was famous as a teacher. My guess, at this point, is that this signature was "a student of Kinseki"

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