Utagawa Kunisada (歌川国貞) / Toyokuni III (三代豊国) (artist 1786 – 01/12/1865)
Sawamura Sōjūrō IV (沢村宗十郎) and Arashi Shinpei IV (嵐新平) visiting backstage from the series 'Brocade Pictures of the Green Room' -: Gakuya nishiki-e ni-hen: Jū mai no uchi (楽屋錦絵二編 十枚の内)
10 in x 14.75 in (Overall dimensions) Japanese woodblock print
Signed: Kunisada ga (国貞画)
Publisher: Nishimuraya Yohachi
(Marks 391 - seal 01-008)
Censor's seal: kiwame
Gyōji censor's seal: Iwato
Japan Arts Council
Los Angeles County Museum of Art This print is from near the beginning of Kunisada's career. There are at least 9 other backstage prints in this series.
The painting hanging behind them is of Sawamura Sōjūrō III. The man in the background is a wig maker. He is wearing glasses, which is an item not unknown to other ukiyo-e prints, but which are rarely seen.
Nishimuraya Yohachi (西村屋与八) (publisher)
actor prints (yakusha-e - 役者絵) (genre)
Sawamura Sōjūrō IV (四代目沢村宗十郎) (actor)
Arashi Shinpei IV (四代目嵐新平) (actor)