////Utagawa Kunisada (Toyokuni III). Kabuki actor Iwai Shijaku I from the series ‘Flowers of Edo – the five Karigane blood-brothers’ / Fan print, 1829.

Utagawa Kunisada (Toyokuni III). Kabuki actor Iwai Shijaku I from the series ‘Flowers of Edo – the five Karigane blood-brothers’ / Fan print, 1829.

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

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

Date aratame seal: Bunsei 12 (1829).

Signed: Gototei Kunisada ga [五渡亭国貞画].

Media: Fan print (uchiwa-e), 238 x 267 mm (overtrimmed).

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

The background is Arare-ko-mon [霰小紋] hail pattern.

In the red cartouche at the top right is the series title “Edo no hana – itsutsu Karigane” (江戸の花 五雁金), to be translated as “Flowers of Edo – the five Karigane blood-brothers” (or “the five Karigane gang members”).

Another print from the series in this collection: SVJP-0304.2019.

SKU: SVJP-0387.2023 Categories: ,

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