////Utagawa Kunisada (Toyokuni III), Utagawa Kunihisa II. Kabuki actor Nakamura Shikan IV as Tasogare / Fan print, 1863.

Utagawa Kunisada (Toyokuni III), Utagawa Kunihisa II. Kabuki actor Nakamura Shikan IV as Tasogare / Fan print, 1863.

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

Artist (landscape): Utagawa Kunihisa II [歌川国久] (Japanese, 1832 – 1981), a.k.a. Katsuda Hisatarō, Ichiunsai, Ritchōrō, Toyonobu, Yōryūsai, Yōsai.

Block carver: Matsushima Masakichi (Japanese, fl. c. 1847-65); seal: [松嶋彫政] – Matsushima Hori Masa (Frieze, 2009: 142)

Publisher: Iseya Magobei [伊勢屋孫兵衛] (Japanese, fl. c. 1794 – 1868).

Signed: By the brush of Toyokuni at the age of 78 [七十八歳豊国筆] (Nanajūhachi-sai Toyokuni hitsu) – in a red toshidama cartouche (left).

Signed: Landscape by Kunihisa [景色 国久画] (Keshiki Kunihisa ga) (right).

Actor: Nakamura Shikan IV [中村芝翫] (Japanese, 1831 –  1899); other names: Nakamura Fukusuke I, Nakamura Masanosuke I, Nakamura Komasaburō, Nakamura Tamatarō I.

Combined date seal and kiwame censor seal: [亥極] – Bunkyū 3 (1863)

Tasogare (literally, twilight] [たそがれ] is a character in the novel Rustic Genji and a role in various kabuki plays. Fake Murasaki’s Rustic Genji [偐紫田舎源氏] (Nise Murasaki inaka Genji) is a literary parody written by  Ryutei Tanehiko [柳亭種彦] (Japanese, 1783 – 1842).

According to Horst Graebner, this must be a mitate print because there was no known performance of this play in 1863.

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