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Toyohara Kunichika, Actor Nakamura Shikan

Toyohara Kunichika, 1835-1900

Six Selected Actors: Actor Nakamura Shikan
(Haiyu Rokka Sen: Nakamura Shikan)

signed Toyohara Kunichika hitsu with artist's Toshidama seal, published by Yorozuya Magobei of Kineido, date seal Tori-juni (year of the cock [1873], 12th month)

oban tate-e 14 3/4 by 9 7/8 in., 37.5 by 25 cm

The actor Nakamura Shikan IV (1831-1899) is in the role of Uraume no Outa. This print is from a onnagata series depicting actors holding a western style umbrella paired with an elaborate uchikake (outer-robe). Western influences entered ukiyo-e prints in many ways, influencing compositional styles, decorative features, and subject matter. This series took popular actors of the day and paired the western accessories with traditional motifs, creating an interesting juxtaposition in the generally traditional kabuki theater.