////Utagawa Kunisada (Toyokuni III). Cool Breeze on Tenpōzan Hill in Naniwa / Fan print, 1847-50.

Utagawa Kunisada (Toyokuni III). Cool Breeze on Tenpōzan Hill in Naniwa / Fan print, 1847-50.

Artist: Utagawa Kunisada [歌川 国貞] a.k.a. Utagawa Toyokuni III [三代歌川豊国] (Japanese, 1786 – 1865).

Signed: Toyokuni ga [豊国 画] in a red toshidama cartouche.

Publisher: Ibaya Senzaburō [伊場屋仙三郎] (Japanese, c. 1815 – 1869).

Block carver: Yokokawa Takejirō [横川竹二郎] (Japanese, fl. 1845 – 1863); seal Hori Take [彫竹].

Double nanushi censor seals: Mera & Murata (1847-50).

Title: Cool Breeze on Tenpōzan Hill in Naniwa [浪花天保山の涼] (Naniwa Tenpōzan no ryō).

An uncut fan print (uchiwa-e), depicting a gentleman (most probably kabuki actor Nakamura Utaemon IV) holding a pipe with the view of Tenpōzan Hill [天保山] in Naniwa (Osaka) in the background. A distinctive structure on the left is the Sumiyoshi Lantern [住吉高灯篭] (Sumiyoshi takadōrō), which was destroyed by a typhoon in 1950. The character 翫 – moteasobu – on the gentleman’s robe means “take pleasure, play an instrument”.

Nakamura Utaemon IV [中村歌右衛門] (Japanese, 1796 – 1852); other names: Nakamura Shikan II, Nakamura Tsurusuke I, Nakamura Tōtarō.

The character is visually similar to a gentleman drinking tea on a veranda under the shining moon from the series ‘Moon, Sun, Stars’ [月日星] (Getsu hi hoshi), see SVJP-0211-1.2016: The Moon.

Utagawa Kunisada. Fan print triptych. Jitsu getsu sei no uchi. Moon. Circa 1850.

As noted by Horst Graebner, the gentleman also resembles the character on another Kunisada’s actor print, published in 1852 (Waseda University Cultural Resources Database № 114-0232):

 

 

SKU: SVJP-0232.2018 Categories: ,

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