Utagawa Kunisada (歌川国貞) / Toyokuni III (三代豊国) (artist 1786 – 01/12/1865)

Bandō Mitsugorō III (坂東三津五郎) as Hayano Kanpei (早勘平) from the series Great Performances: Contemporary Pressed-Cloth Battledores (Tōsei oshi-e hagoita atari kyōgen no uchi - 當世押絵羽子板)

Print


ca 1823
9.75 in x 14.75 in (Overall dimensions) Japanese woodblock print
Signed: ōju Gototei Kunisada ga
(By special request... 應需五渡亭国貞画)
Publisher: Azumaya Daisuke
(Marks 025 - seal 06-001)
Censor's seal: kiwame
Waseda University
Ritsumeikan University
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston - Iwai Hanshiro from this series

There are ten prints in this series. "Pressed-cloth portraits attached to battledores were sold as New Year souvenirs at temples and shrines. They appeared during the 18th century and survive today in a debased form in the souvenir stalls that surround all modern tourist sites in Japan. First employed as a graphic device by the Katsukawa-school, battledore portraits were revived by Toyokuni in 1817 in his guide to theatrical portraiture... which served as a model for Kunisada. An interesting legacy of Kunisada's presence in Osaka is a variation on this battledore set designed by the Osaka artists Jukōdō Yoshikuni (active 1813-32) and Saikōtei Shibakuni (active 1821-26), featuring local actors..."

Quoted from: Kunisada's World by Sebastian Izzard, p. 91.
actor prints (yakusha-e - 役者絵) (genre)
Chūshingura (忠臣蔵 - 47 rōnin) (genre)
Bandō Mitsugorō III 三代目坂東三津五郎 (actor)
Azumaya Daisuke (東屋大助) (publisher)
Hayano Kanpei (早勘平) (role)