Artist: Utagawa Kunihiro (歌川国広)

Print: Ichikawa Ebijūrō I (市川鰕十郎) as Ukisu no Iwamatsu (うきすの岩松) on the right,
Arashi Kitsusaburō II (嵐吉三郎) as the farmer [hyakusei] Jusaku (百姓十作) in the center,
Sawamura Kunitarō II (沢村國太郎) as Jusaku's wife [nyōbō] Okinu (十作女房お絹) on the left
in Keisei kakehashi monogatari (けいせい棧物語)

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Dates: 1827,created
Dimensions: 31.0 in,15.5 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: Japanese woodblock print

Signed: Kunihiro ga
Publisher: Tenki (Tenmaya Kihei)

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Physical description:

This is from a performance at the Naka Theater in Osaka in 5/1827.

The plot of the kabuki play Keisei kakehashi monogatari (Story of a courtesan and a bridge over the gorge: けいせい棧物語) appears not to have survived.

Kitsusaburō II performed two roles in this production: as shown here, hyakusei [farmer] Jûsaku (百姓十作), and as Tsukimoto Hajimenosuke (月本始之助).

It is fascinating to note how different artists handled the same scene from the same production. For example, Ashiyuki placed the same protagonists (including the child) before the setting sun, but in place of the rice fields shown by Kunihiro, Ashiyuki's triptych depicts a bay behind the actors and Mount Fuji in the far distance (on the middle sheet) — see IKBYS-I, no. 267). Moreover, Kunihiro does not identify the child actor and role, but they are given on the Ashiyuki triptych as Arashi Kitsuzô performing as Jukichi.

The rays of the setting sun radiate across two of the sheets, animating the composition. The colors in this impression are well preserved, especially on the left sheet, where the red has a pink tonality indicative of fresh beni (紅 red pigment extracted from saffron, carthamus tinctorious).