Kunisada (Toyokuni III)

Utagawa Kunisada (Toyokuni III)

1786-1865

Ichikawa Ebizo V with Arashi Kichisaburo III

signed Kochoro Kunisada ga, with censor's seal kiwame, and publisher's seal Ju (Joshuya Juzo of Kinjudo), ca. 1839

oban tate-e 14 7/8 by 10 in., 37.8 by 25.4 cm

Ichikawa Ebizo V (Danjuro VII, 1791-1860), recognizable with his distinctive large eyes and famous mimasu (three square rice measures) crest on the shoulders of his haori (outer-jacket), is seen seated beside the Arashi Kichisaburo III (1810-1864) in a manner of presenting the younger actor who is bowing down respectfully. This print was likely produced in the 2nd lunar month of 1839 on the occasion of Kichisaburo's arrival in Edo.

Interestingly, there are two other versions of this print. The earliest version depcitsthe actor Nakamura Utaemon IV (1796-1852) presenting Onoe Kikugoro III (1784-1849) in the 3rd lunar month of 1838. It was apparently adapted to this version in the following year, with the text, actor's crests and faces recarved in the likeness of Ebizo V and Kichisaburo III. Another version with new text issued in the 5th lunar month of 1841 illustrates Ebizo V again with the new face of Onoe Tamizo II (1799-1886).

Reference:
The National Theater, Utaemon IV with Kikugoro II, 1838, ref. no. NA030500; Ebizo V with Onoe Tamizo II, 1841, ref. no. NA030540

(inv. no. 10-5376)

price: $250

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