Utagawa Kunisada, Yoshida, Fujiya Izaemon

Utagawa Kunisada (Toyokuni III), 1786-1865

Actors at the Fifty-Three Stations of the Tokaido: Yoshida, Fujiya Izaemon
([Yakusha mitate] Tokaido gojusan tsugi no uchi: Yoshida, Fujiya Izaemon)

signed Toyokuni ga, carver's seal hori Take, publisher's seal Kichi, Izutsuya (Izutsuya Shokichi), censor seals Kingasa and Murata, and date seal Ni-hachi (year of the rat [1852], 8th month)

oban tate-e 14 5/8 by 10 in., 37 by 25.5 cm

The actor Ichimura Takenojo V (1812-1851) is in the role of Fujiya Izaemon from the play Kuruwa bunsho (Love Letters from the Licensed Quarters). Izaemon is disowned by his wealthy family due to his profligate habits at the Yoshidaya pleasure quarters. When the courtesan Yugiri falls ill, he goes to see her there, dressed only in a paper kimono made of love letters she has sent him. While nervously waiting to see her, he beats on the small drum pictured on the left of the composition.

Andreas Marks, Kunisada's Tokaido: Riddles in Japanese Woodblock Prints, 2013, p. 146, cat T63-35A



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