////Utagawa Kunisada. Fuji and Tsukuba sharing an umbrella against the wind / Fan print, c. 1832.

Utagawa Kunisada. Fuji and Tsukuba sharing an umbrella against the wind / Fan print, c. 1832.

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

An untrimmed fan print titled Fuji Tsukuba aiaigasa, shows the actors Ichikawa Ebizo V [市川海老蔵] and the onnagata actor Iwai Shijaku I [岩井紫若] sharing an umbrella against the wind. Tsukuba, about 50 kilometres from Edo, was an area where both Fuji and Mount Tsukuba could be viewed together. Mount Fuji being the female and Mount Tsukuba the male. An aizuri-e background (common to all the designs in this set). A play on images and words.

Actors:

Ichikawa Danjūrō VII [市川団十郎] (Japanese, 1791 – 1859); other names: Ichikawa Ebizō V [市川海老蔵], Ichikawa Hakuen II, Ichikawa Shinnosuke I.

Iwai Matsunosuke I [岩井松之助] (Japanese, 1804 – 1845); other names: Iwai Hanshirō VII, Iwai Shijaku I [岩井紫若], Iwai Komurasaki I.

Publisher: Ibaya Senzaburo [伊場屋仙三郎] (Japanese, fl. c. 1845 – 1847). The publisher’s seal is on the umbrella.

Date: circa 1832.

Signed: Kōchōrō Kunisada ga in a red double-gourd cartouche.

From the series of fan prints:

SVJP-0341.2021

Two more prints from the series ‘Fuji and Tsukuba sharing an umbrella’ (Fuji Tsukuba aiaigasa), not in this Collection:

Kabuki actors Onoe Kikugorō III and Iwai Kumesaburo II.
Year: c. 1832; Publisher: No seal; Signed: Kōchōrō Kunisada ga
From Kunisada Project.
Kabuki actors Bandō Minosuke II and Iwai Shijaku I.
Year: c. 1832; Publisher: No seal; Signed: Kōchōrō Kunisada ga
From Kunisada Project.

 

SKU: SVJP-0341.2021 Categories: ,

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