////Utagawa Kunisada (Toyokuni III). Kabuki actor Nakamura Shikan II, from the series ‘Catching fireflies in the floating world’ / Fan print, 1831.

Utagawa Kunisada (Toyokuni III). Kabuki actor Nakamura Shikan II, from the series ‘Catching fireflies in the floating world’ / Fan print, 1831.

Uncut fan print (uchiwa-e) with the design of kabuki actor Nakamura Utaemon IV who held the name of Nakamura Shikan II from the 11th lunar month of 1825 to the 12th lunar month of 1835, dressed in a checkered kimono, holding a pipe and surrounded by flying fireflies.

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

Series title: Catching fireflies in the floating world [浮世蛍狩] (Ukiyo hotarugari).

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

Signed: Kōchōrō Kunisada ga [香蝶楼国貞画] in a red cartouche.

Publisher: Ibaya Kyubei [伊場屋 久兵衛] (Japanese, fl. 1804 – 1851); seal: modified Marks 19-009 | 126d.

Censor’s seal: Kiwame

Date seal: Tenpō 2 (1831).

Ref: Kunisada.de, N58.

A look-alike yearlier Kunisada’s design can be found at kunisada.de,  ref. # N120-Z0172-410:

Actor Onoe Baikō, artist Kunisada, publisher Ibaya Kyūbei, c. 1820.

 

 

SKU: SVJP-0332.2021 Categories: ,

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