Ryūkōsai Jokei (流光斎如圭) (artist ca 1772 – 1816)

Three Osaka kabuki actors in the roles of sumō wrestlers, one of them standing on a folded, collapsed screen

Print


ca 1793
5.875 in x 13 in (Overall dimensions) Japanese woodblock print
Minneapolis Institute of Arts - scroll painting of actors
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston - an actor print from 1792

So far, the names of the actors elude us as does the name of the publisher's seal, which does not appear in Marks.

Neither this print nor the publisher's seal appears in the 2009 catalogue raisonné of this artist, 光斎図録ー上方役者似顔絵の黎明ー, the Ryūkōsai zuroku: Kamigata yakusha niagao-e no reimei by Akiko Yano and Andrew Gerstle. That catologue does show 46 prints and 15 paintings, including a number of illustrated books.
sumō (相撲) (genre)
actor prints (yakusha-e - 役者絵) (genre)
Kyōto-Osaka prints (kamigata-e - 上方絵) (genre)