• Iwai Hanshirō V (岩井半四郎) in the role of an onnagata in the snow - the left-hand panel of a triptych of a winter scene at Terashima - probably a mitate
Iwai Hanshirō V (岩井半四郎) in the role of an onnagata in the snow - the left-hand panel of a triptych of a winter scene at Terashima - probably a mitate
Iwai Hanshirō V (岩井半四郎) in the role of an onnagata in the snow - the left-hand panel of a triptych of a winter scene at Terashima - probably a mitate

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

Iwai Hanshirō V (岩井半四郎) in the role of an onnagata in the snow - the left-hand panel of a triptych of a winter scene at Terashima - probably a mitate

Print


ca 1825
10.5 in x 14.75 in (Overall dimensions) Japanese color woodblock print
Signed: Gototei Kunisada ga
五渡亭国貞画
Publisher: Yamamotoya Heikichi
(Marks 595 - seal 04-007)
Censor's seal: kiwame
Japan Arts Council - the full triptych
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston - 2 panels of a triptych showing actors at the Baikō villa in Terashima in the winter The freshness and color of this print is quite remarkable. Hanshirō is accompanied by Onoe Kikugorō III (尾上菊五郎) in the center panel and Matsumoto Koshirō V on the far right.

While there is no way of determining the exact location of this setting it is most likely that it is near the Baikō villa at Matsuinkyo (松隠居), the pine retreat, at Terashima (寺嶋). We have come to this conclusion because the fellow in the missing center panel, Kikugorō III, is himself carrying an umbrella on the underside of which is written 寺嶋.
Yamamotoya Heikichi (山本屋平吉) (publisher)
beautiful women (bijin-ga - 美人画) (genre)
Iwai Hanshirō V (五代目岩井半四郎: 11/1804-11/1832) (actor)
mitate-e (見立て絵) (genre)