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

Utagawa Kunisada. Fuji and Tsukuba sharing an umbrella against the snow / 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 Nakamura Shikan II [二代目中村芝翫] and the onnagata actor Iwai Kumesaburō II [岩井粂三郎] sharing an umbrella against the snow. 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:

Nakamura Utaemon IV [中村歌右衛門] (Japanese, 1796 – 1852); other names: Nakamura Shikan II [二代目中村芝翫], Nakamura Tsurusuke I, Nakamura Tōtarō.

Iwai Hanshirō VI [[岩井半四郎] (Japanese, 1799 – 1836); other names: Iwai Hanshirō VI, Iwai Kumesaburō II [岩井粂三郎], Iwai Hisajirō I, Baiga (poetry name), Shūka (poetry name).

Publisher: Ibaya Senzaburo [伊場屋仙三郎] (Japanese, fl. c. 1845 – 1847).

Date: circa 1832.

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

From the series of fan prints:

SVJP-0342.2021

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-0342.2021 Categories: ,

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