///Fan prints by Utagawa Kunisada (Toyokuni III).

Fan prints by Utagawa Kunisada (Toyokuni III).

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

With special thanks to Horst Graebner.

Imayo ha-uta no tsuma-biki [時世葉歌の爪弾]

Year: Ansei 3 (1856).
Publisher: Iseya Ichiemon [伊勢屋市右衛門], seal Tsuji [辻].
Signed: Toyokuni ga [豊国 画] in a red toshidama cartouche

 

Saiko (West River) [西江]

Series: Chronicles of Elegant Women [風雅女史傳] (Fūga joshiden)
Year: Ansei 6 (1859).
Block carver: Yokokawa Takejirō [横川竹二郎] (Japanese, fl. 1845 – 1863)
Publisher: Ibaya Senzaburō [伊場屋仙三郎] (Japanese, fl. c. 1845 – 1847)
Signed: Toyokuni ga [豊国 画] in a red toshidama cartouche

 

Kabuki actor Arashi Kichisaburō III as Sarushima Sōta

Kabuki actor Arashi Kichisaburō III [嵐吉三郎] as Sarushima Sōta [猿島惣太] in the play Hanamo Yoshida Iwao no Matsuwaka [花吉田岩尾松若]  staged at Ichimura-za (市村座), theatre in Edo.
Publisher: Kojimaya Jūbei (Japanese, 1797-1869), seal: Hanmoto, Jū [板元, 十] (Marks 19-043 | 264c.
Date seal and double nanushi censor seals Mera & Watanabe – 3rd month of Kaei 6 (1853).
Signed: Toyokuni ga [豊国 画] in a red toshidama cartouche.
Kabuki actor Arashi Kichisaburō III [嵐吉三郎] (Japanese, 1810 – 1864); other names: Arashi Daizaburō III, Arashi Kitsusaburō III.

 

Kabuki actor Iwai Shijaku I from the series ‘Flowers of Edo – the five Karigane blood-brothers’

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].
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.

 

Kabuki actors Sawamura Tanosuke III as Princess Wakana and Sawamura Tosshō II as Ashikaga Sanshichirō

Artist signature: By the brush of the 79-year-old Toyokuni [七十九歳豊國画] (Nanajūkyū-sai Toyokuni ga).
Publisher: Ebiya Rinnosuke [海老屋林之助] (Japanese, fl. c. 1832 – 1895); seal: ト/ 海老林 (to, Ebirin).
Block carver: Matsushima Masakichi [松島政吉]; seal: carved by Masa [彫政] (Hori Masa).
Combined date seal and kiwame censor seal: [子極] 1864 (Bunkyū 4/Genji 1).
Play: Kinoene Soga Daikoku-bashira [甲子曽我大国柱], performed at the Morita theatre [森田座・守田座] (Morita-za) in 1864 (Bunkyū 4/Genji 1), 2nd month.

 

Married woman blackening her teeth in a mirror 

No publisher seal, no date or censor seal; probably a private printing.
Signed: Kunisada ga [国貞画] in a red double gourd cartouche.

Beauty holding a roll of paper

Pubisher: Ibaya Senzaburō [伊場屋仙三郎] (Japanese, 1815 – 1869), Dansendō [伊場仙].
Date seal and aratame censor seal: 1822 (Bunsei 5).
Signed: Gototei Kunisada ga [五渡亭国貞画].

 

Kabuki actor Nakamura Shikan IV as Tasogare
Landscape by Utagawa Kunihisa II [歌川国久] (Japanese, 1832 – 1981)
Block carver: Matsushima Masakichi (Japanese, fl. c. 1847-65)
Publisher: Iseya Magobei [伊勢屋孫兵衛] (Japanese, fl. c. 1794 – 1868)
Actor: Nakamura Shikan IV [中村芝翫] (Japanese, 1831 –  1899)
Combined date seal and kiwame censor seal: [亥極] – Bunkyū 3 (1863)
Signed: By the brush of Toyokuni at the age of 78 [七十八歳豊国筆] (Nanajūhachi-sai Toyokuni hitsu)

 

Gotenyama [御殿山]
Series: A Collection of Mountains [山つくし] (Yama tsukushi)
Block carver: Yokokawa Takejirō [横川竹二郎] (Japanese, fl. 1845 – 1863)
Publisher: Yama-Ta; seal: [板元, 太] – Hanmoto, Ta; Marks 19-044 | U421b
Combined date seal and kiwame censor seal: Ansei 6 (1851)
Signed: Toyokuni ga [豊国 画] in a red toshidama cartouche

 

Beauty playing the shamisen beneath a mosquito net
Year: c. 1832 (no seal)
Publisher: Unknown (no seal)
Signed: Kunisada ga [国貞画] in a red double-gourd cartouche
Ref: [LIB-2967.2022] Sebastian Izzard № 17 (2021)

 

Kabuki actor Ichikawa Danjūrō VII wipes his face in front of a makeup mirror
Series: Six choice modern flowers [當世六花撰] (Tosei rok’kasen)
Year: c. 1833/4
Publisher: unknown; no censor or date seal.
Signed: Kunisada ga [国貞画] in a red double-gourd cartouche
Ref: Lyon Collection; [LIB-2967.2022] Sebastian Izzard № 17 (2021)

 

Decorated sake cups
Series: The pride of Edo [江戸じまん] (Edo jiman)
Year: 1827 (Bunsei 10)
Publisher: Ibaya Kyūbei [伊場屋 久兵衛] (Japanese, fl. 1804 – 1851)
Signed: Ōkō Kunisada ga [應好国貞画]

 

On the Banks of the Kamo River [加茂堤] (Kamo Tsutsumi)
Series: A Parody of Sugawara [美立菅原] (Mitate Sugawara).
Year: c. 1850s
Publisher: Ibaya Senzaburō [伊場屋仙三郎] (Japanese, fl. 1815 – 1869).
Signed: Toyokuni

 

Courtesan playing a kokyū
Series: Assortments of Beauties Accomplishments [美人芸盡] (Bijin gei-zukushi)
Year: 1829 (Bunsei 12)
Publisher: Ibaya Kyūbei [伊場久] (Japanese, 1804 – 1851)
Signed: Kōchōrō Kunisada ga in a red double-gourd cartouche

 

Gathering of the young herbs on the Day of the Rat [子の日乃若菜] (Nenohi no wakana)
Series: Three elegant sources of light [風流三光の内] (fūryū sankō no uchi)
Year: 1853 (Kaei 6)
Publisher’s seal: [米] Bei; Izuzen (Marks: seal 06-029 | U103b)
Signed: Toyokuni ga [豊国 画] in a red toshidama cartouche

 

Sawamura Gennosuke II as Ushiwakamaru and Ichikawa Danjuro VII as Benkei in the ‘Grand finale dance play’ at Soga Festival
Year: 1831 (Tenpō 2)
Performance: Grand finale dance play [大切所作事] (ōgiri shosagoto) at Soga Festival at the Kawarazaki Theatre in 05/1831
Actors: Sawamura Gennosuke II [沢村源之助] (Suketakaya Takasuke III, Sawamura Chōjūrō V, Sawamura Sōjūrō V, Sawamura Tosshō I, Sawamura Genpei I, Japanese, 1802/7 – 1853); Ichikawa Danjūrō VII [市川団十郎] (Ichikawa Ebizō V, Ichikawa Hakuen II, Ichikawa Shinnosuke I, Japanese, 1791 – 1859)
Publisher: Ibaya Senzaburo [伊場屋仙三郎]
Signed: Gototei Kunisada ga [五渡亭国貞画]
Ref.: The Sokolov Collection (Sotheby’s); Tokyo Metropolitan Library, 請求記号 M339-6/東M339-006

 

Kabuki actor Nakamura Shikan II [二代目中村芝翫] as Gotobei [五斗兵衛]
Play: Yoshitsune’s Letter at Koshigoe [義経腰越状] (Yoshitsune Koshigoe-jo).
Actor: Nakamura Utaemon IV [中村歌右衛門] (Nakamura Shikan II, Nakamura Tsurusuke I, Nakamura Tōtarō, Japanese, 1796 – 1852)
Date aratame seal: Bunsei 13 – Tenpō 1 (1830).
Publisher: Ibaya Senzaburo [伊場屋仙三郎]
Signed: Kunisada ga [国貞画] in a yellow double-gourd cartouche

 

Kabuki actor Nakamura Shikan II [二代目中村芝翫]
Series: Catching fireflies in the floating world (Hotaru gari).
Actor: Nakamura Utaemon IV [中村歌右衛門] (Nakamura Shikan II, Nakamura Tsurusuke I, Nakamura Tōtarō, Japanese, 1796 – 1852).
Year: 1831 (Tenpō 2)
Publisher: Ibaya Kyūbei
Signed: Kōchōrō Kunisada ga [香蝶楼国貞画]

 

Time at Fukagawa, Iyo Province [Fukagawa Iyo setsu]
Year: 1855 (Ansei 2)
Publisher: Iseya Magobei [伊勢屋孫兵衛] (Japanese, fl. c. 1794 – 1868); seal: Hanmoto, Masu [板元, 益] (Marks 19-039 | 150d).
Signed: Toyokuni ga [豊国 画] in a red toshidama cartouche.

 

Tamagiku [玉菜]
Series: Chronicles of Elegant Women [風雅女史傳] (Fūga joshiden)
Year: Ansei 6 (1859).
Block carver: Yokokawa Takejirō [横川竹二郎] (Japanese, fl. 1845 – 1863)
Publisher: Ibaya Senzaburō [伊場屋仙三郎] (Japanese, fl. c. 1845 – 1847)
Signed: Toyokuni ga [豊国 画] in a red toshidama cartouche

 

Fuji and Tsukuba sharing an umbrella [Fuji Tsukuba aiaigasa]
Kabuki actors Nakamura Shikan II [二代目中村芝翫] and Iwai Kumesaburō II [岩井粂三郎] sharing an umbrella against the snow
Year: c. 1829
Publisher: Ibaya Senzaburō [伊場屋仙三郎] (Japanese, fl. c. 1845 – 1847)
Signed: Kōchōrō Kunisada ga in a red double-gourd cartouche

 

Fuji and Tsukuba sharing an umbrella [Fuji Tsukuba aiaigasa]
Kabuki actors Ichikawa Ebizō V [市川海老蔵] and Iwai Shijaku I [岩井紫若] sharing an umbrella against the wind
Year: c. 1829
Publisher: Ibaya Senzaburō [伊場屋仙三郎] (Japanese, fl. c. 1845 – 1847)
Signed: Kōchōrō Kunisada ga in a red double-gourd cartouche

Two more fan prints by Kunisada with the same title (theme), not in my possession:

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.

 

Early autumn [はつ秋や] (hatsu akiya) – Tanabata Festival [七夕]
Series: Short love songs, second volume [端唄の意 二編] (Hauta no kokoro nihen)
Block carver: Yokokawa Takejirō [横川竹二郎] (Japanese, fl. 1845 – 1863)
Publisher: Ibaya Senzaburō [伊場屋仙三郎] (Japanese, fl. c. 1845 – 1847)
Combined date and kiwame seal: Ansei 5 (II-XII/1858)
Signed: Toyokuni ga [豊国 画] in a red toshidama cartouche

 

Five types of haiku in shōfū style [俳諧五流蕉風] (Haikai gōryū shōfū)
Publisher: Iseya Sōemon [伊勢屋惣右衛門]
Censor’s seal: Watari [渡] (Watanabe Shōemon), VI/1842–V ic/1846
Signed: Kōchōrō Kunisada ga [香蝶楼国貞画]

 

Beauty with a lantern
Publisher: Kojimaya Jūbei (c. 1797-1869), seal: Hanmoto, Jū [板元, 十] (Marks 19-043 | 264c)
Double nanushi censor seals: Mera & Watanabe – Kaei 4 (1851)
Signed: Toyokuni ga [豊国 画] in a red toshidama cartouche

 

Promotional fan for a hairpin shop
Inscription: a poem by Hakuen (Ichikawa Danjuro VII)
Publisher seal: Maru-To (2) (Marks U204).
Date seal plus rectangular kiwame seal: Bunsei 8 (1825)
Signed: Kōchōrō [香蝶楼]

 

Kabuki actor Bando Shuka I as Shirai Gonpachi [白井権八]
Series: A parody of the five chivalrous commoners: a cup of sake from their fans (Mitate gonin otoko, go-hiiki no omoizashi)
Actor: Bandō Shūka I [初代坂東しうか] (Japanese, 1813-1855); other names: Bandō Tamasaburō I, Bandô Mitsugorô V (posthumously).
Carver: Yokokawa Takejirō [横川竹二郎] (Japanese, fl. 1845 – 1863); seal: Hori Take [彫竹]
Publisher: Unknown Yama-Ta (Marks U421b)
Double nanushi censor seals and date seal: Muramatsu and Fuku, Kaei 5, 2nd month (2/1852)
Signed: Toyokuni ga [豊国 画] in a red toshidama cartouche

 

Onoe Kikugoro IV as Karukaya Dōshin, Ichimura Uzaemon XIII as Ishidomaru and Kawarasaki Gonjuro I as Yamazakiya Yogoro
Kabuki play Karukaya Dōshin Tsukushi no Iezuto by Namiki Sōsuke (1695-1751) performed at the Ichimura-za theatre (市村座) in 05/1856
Onoe Kikugorō IV [四代目 尾上菊五郎] (Onoe Baikō IV, Onoe Eizaburō III, Onoe Kikue, Nakamura Tatsuzō, Nakamura Kachō, Japanese, 1808 – 1860); Onoe Kikugorō V [五代目尾上菊五郎] (Onoe Baikō V, Ichimura Kakitsu IV, Ichimura Uzaemon XIII [十三代目市村羽左衛門], Ichimura Kurōemon, Japanese, 1844 – 1903); Ichikawa Danjūrō IX [市川団十郎] (Kawarasaki Sanshō, Kawarasaki Gonnosuke VII, Kawarasaki Gonjūrō I, Kawarasaki Chōjūrō III, Japanese, 1838 – 1903)
Date seal and aratame censor seal: May of the Year of Dragon [辰五] (Tatsu-go) (5/1856)
Carver: Yokokawa Takejirō [横川竹二郎] (Japanese, fl. 1845 – 1863)
Publisher: Ibaya Senzaburō [伊場屋仙三郎] (Japanese, fl. c. 1845 – 1847)
Signed: Toyokuni ga [豊国 画] in a red toshidama cartouche

 

Ichikawa Ebizō V as Sano Jirōzaemon [佐野次郎左衛門]
Actor: Ichikawa Danjūrō VII [市川団十郎] (Ichikawa Ebizō V [市川海老蔵], Ichikawa Hakuen II, Ichikawa Shinnosuke I, Japanese, 1791 – 1859)
Play: Yukari no Hana Iro mo Yoshiwara [紫花色吉原], performed at the Kawarazaki Theater (Edo) from the 5th day of the 5th lunar month of Kaei 3 (1850)
Block carver: Matsushima Fusajirō [松嶋房次郎] (Japanese, fl. 1843 – 1850); seal [彫工房] – Hori kō Fusa
Publisher: Ibaya Senzaburō [伊場屋仙三郎] (Japanese, fl. c. 1845 – 1847)
Double nanushi censor seal: Kunigasa & Watanabe (1849-50)
Signed: Toyokuni ga [豊国 画] in a red toshidama cartouche

 

Iwai Kumesaburō III as Manjiya Yatsuhashi [万字屋 八ツ橋]
Actor: Iwai Hanshirō VIII [岩井半四郎] (Iwai Shijaku II, Iwai Kumesaburō III [岩井粂三郎], Iwai Hisajirō II, Japanese, 1829 – 1882)
Play: Yukari no Hana Iro mo Yoshiwara [紫花色吉原], performed at the Kawarazaki Theater (Edo) from the 5th day of the 5th lunar month of Kaei 3 (1850)
Publisher: Ibaya Senzaburō [伊場屋仙三郎] (Japanese, fl. c. 1845 – 1847)
Block carver: Matsushima Fusajirō [松嶋房次郎] (Japanese, fl. 1843 – 1850); seal [彫工房] – Hori kō Fusa
Double nanushi censor seal: Kunigasa & Watanabe (1849-50)
Signed: Toyokuni ga [豊国 画] in a red toshidama cartouche

 

Kabuki actor Iwai Kumesaburō II as An no Heibei [安の平兵衛]
Series: Flowers of Edo – the five Karigane blood-brothers [江戸の花 五雁金] (Edo no hana – itsutsu Karigane)
Actor: Iwai Hanshirō VI (Iwai Hanshirō VI, Iwai Kumesaburō II, Iwai Hisajirō I, Japanese, 1799 – 1836); poetry names: Baiga [梅我], Shūka.
Play: Otokodate Itsutsu Karigane [男作五雁金]
Date aratame seal: Bunsei 12 (1829)
Publisher: Ibaya Senzaburō [伊場屋仙三郎] (Japanese, fl. c. 1845 – 1847)
Signed: Gototei Kunisada ga [五渡亭国貞画]

 

 

Three good fortunes of the present day [当世三福対] (Tosei sambuku tsui)
Actor: Nakamura Shikan IV [中村芝翫] (Nakamura Fukusuke I [中村福助], Nakamura Masanosuke I, Nakamura Komasaburō, Nakamura Tamatarō I, Japanese, 1831 –  1899)
Play: Tomioka Koi no Yamabiraki [富岡戀山開]
Block carver: Yokokawa Takejirō [横川竹二郎] (Japanese, fl. 1845 – 1863), seal: 彫竹 – Hori Take
Publisher: Mikawaya Heiroku [三川屋平六] (Japanese, fl. c. 1848 – 1856)
Date seal and aratame censor seal: [辰正] Ansei 3, 1st month (1856)
Signed: Toyokuni ga [豊国 画] in a red toshidama cartouche

 

Edo Murasaki [江都むらさき] – Fake Murasaki’s Rustic Genji [偐紫田舎源氏] (Nise Murasaki Inaka Genji)
Actor: Iwai Hanshirō VIII [岩井半四郎] (Iwai Shijaku II, Iwai Kumesaburō III [岩井粂三郎], Iwai Hisajirō II, Japanese, 1829 – 1882)
Date seal and double nanushi censor seals: Fuku & Muramatsu, Kaei 6, 2nd month (2/1853)
Publisher: Unknown, seal [久] Kyū (Japanese, fl. c. 1851 – 1861); (Marks 07-023 | U176a, possibly Sagamia Kyūzō)
Signed: Toyokuni ga [豊国 画] in a yellow toshidama cartouche

 

Edo Murasaki [江都むらさき] – Fake Murasaki’s Rustic Genji [偐紫田舎源氏] (Nise Murasaki Inaka Genji)
Actor: Onoe Kikugorō IV [四代目 尾上菊五郎] (Onoe Baikō IV, Onoe Eizaburō III, Onoe Kikue, Nakamura Tatsuzō, Nakamura Kachō, Japanese, 1808 – 1860)
Date seal and double nanushi censor seals: Fuku & Muramatsu, Kaei 6, 2nd month (2/1853)
Publisher: Unknown, seal [久] Kyū (Japanese, fl. c. 1851 – 1861); (Marks 07-023 | U176a, possibly Sagamia Kyūzō)
Signed: Toyokuni ga [豊国 画] in a yellow toshidama cartouche

 

Edo Murasaki [江都むらさき] – Fake Murasaki’s Rustic Genji [偐紫田舎源氏] (Nise Murasaki Inaka Genji)
Actor: Segawa Kikunojō V [瀬川菊之丞] (Segawa Tamon I, Japanese, 1802 – 1832)
Date seal and double nanushi censor seals: Fuku & Muramatsu, Kaei 6, 2nd month (2/1853)
Publisher: Unknown, seal [久] Kyū (Japanese, fl. c. 1851 – 1861); (Marks 07-023 | U176a, possibly Sagamia Kyūzō)
Block carver: Koizumi Minokichi [小泉巳の吉] (Japanese, 1833 – 1906); seal: Hori Mino [彫已]
Signed: Toyokuni ga [豊国 画] in a yellow toshidama cartouche

 

Edo Murasaki [江都むらさき] – Fake Murasaki’s Rustic Genji [偐紫田舎源氏] (Nise Murasaki Inaka Genji)
Actor: Ichikawa Danjūrō VIII [市川団十郎] (Ichikawa Ebizō VI, Ichikawa Shinnosuke II, Japanese, 1823 – 1854)
Date seal and double nanushi censor seals: Fuku & Muramatsu, Kaei 6, 2nd month (2/1853)
Publisher: Unknown, seal [久] Kyū (Japanese, fl. c. 1851 – 1861); (Marks 07-023 | U176a, possibly Sagamia Kyūzō)
Signed: Toyokuni ga [豊国 画] in a yellow toshidama cartouche

 

Utagawa Kunisada, a.k.a. Toyokuni III . Actor Bando Minosuke II from 'A Set of Fashionable Youths' ('Ryuko Wakate Zoroi') 1830

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Kabuki actor Bandō Minosuke II
Actor: Bandō Minosuke II [坂東蓑助] (Morita Kan’ya XI, Bandô Mitsugorō IV, Japanese, 1802 – 1863)
Series: Fashionable Youths [流行若手揃] (Ryuko Wakate Zoroi)
Date-kiwame seals: Bunsei 13 / Tenpō 1 (1830).
Publisher: Enshūya Matabei [遠州屋又兵衛] (Japanese, fl. c. 1768 – 1881)
Signed: Kochoro Kuisada ga [香蝶楼国貞画] in a red double-gourd cartouche

One more print from the same series (See Waseda 201-2125); not in this collection.

Title: Segawa Kikunojō V [瀬川菊之丞] (Japanese, 1802 – 1832); other names: Segawa Tamon I.
Series: Fashionable Youths [流行若手揃] (Ryuko Wakate Zoroi)
Year: 1830
Publisher: Enshūya Matabei [遠州屋又兵衛] (Japanese, fl. c. 1768 – 1881)
Signed: Kochoro Kuisada ga [香蝶楼国貞画] in a yellow double-gourd cartouche

 

A Geisha eating edamame aboard the boat of the Atari-ya teahouse
Landscape background by Utagawa Kunihisa II.
Series: Three summer women [九夏三婦久] (Kyūka sanfuku)
Combined date seal and kiwame censor seal: Ansei 7 / Man’en 1 (1860)
Publisher: Ibaya Senzaburō [伊場屋仙三郎] (Japanese, fl. C. 1845 – 1847)
Signed: Toyokuni ga [豊国 画] in a red toshidama cartouche, and Kunihisa ga

 

Book of an incoming ship [入船帳] (Irifune-chō)
Series: Comparison of Eight Books of Proficiency and Eloquence [口も手も美立八帳] (Kuchimo temo mitate hatchō).
Date seal and aratame censor seal: Ansei 3 (1856)
Pubisher: Ibaya Senzaburō [伊場屋仙三郎] (Japanese, 1815 – 1869)
Block carver: Yokokawa Takejirō [横川竹二郎] (Japanese, fl. 1845 – 1863)
Signed: Toyokuni ga [豊国 画] in a red toshidama cartouche

 

Benzaiten Shrine at Honjō Block One [ひとつ目乃弁天] (Hitotsume no Benten)
Date seal and kiwame censor seal: Tenpō 11 (1840)
Publisher: Iseya Sōemon [伊勢屋惣右衛門] (Japanese, c. 1776 – 1862)
Signed: Kunisada ga [国貞画] in a red double-gourd cartouche

 

Actors Bandō Takesaburō I as clerk Seijūrō [手代清十郎] and Ichikawa Kodanji IV as Kenkaya Gorōkichi [喧嘩屋五郎吉]

Actors: LEFT Bandō Takesaburō I (初代坂東竹三郎) (Shinshi, Shinsui V, Bandō Hikosaburō V [五代目坂東彦三郎], Bandō Tsurunosuke I, Japanese, 1832 – 1877); RIGHT Ichikawa Kodanji IV [市川小團次] (Ichikawa Yonejūrō I, Ichikawa Yonezō III, Ichikawa Eizō, Japanese, 1812 – 1866)
Play: Musume ōgi tsui no tatehiki [娘扇一対侠贔屓 (むすめおうぎついのたてひき)], performed at the Nakamura theatre [中村座], in Edo (Tokyo)
Date seal: [子五] Kaei 5, 5th month (5/1852)
Pubisher: Ibaya Senzaburō [伊場屋仙三郎] (Japanese, 1815 – 1869)
Signed: Toyokuni ga [豊国 画] in a red toshidama cartouche

 

Cool Breeze on Tenpōzan Hill in Naniwa [浪花天保山の涼] (Naniwa Tenpōzan no ryō)
Double nanushi censor seals: Mera & Murata, Kōka 4 – Kaei 3 (1847-50)
Publisher: Ibaya Senzaburō [伊場屋仙三郎] (Japanese, fl. C. 1845 – 1847)
Block carver: Yokokawa Takejirō [横川竹二郎] (Japanese, fl. 1845 – 1863); seal Hori Take [彫竹]
Actor: most probably Nakamura Utaemon IV [中村歌右衛門] (Japanese, 1796 – 1852)
Signed: Toyokuni ga [豊国 画] in a red toshidama cartouche

 

Wisteria in Kameido [亀戸乃藤] (Kameido no fuji)
Double nanushi censor’s seals: Hama & Magome (1849-53)
Publisher: Iseya Sōemon [伊勢屋惣右衛門] (Japanese, c. 1776 – 1862)
Signed: Toyokuni ga [豊国 画] in a red toshidama cartouche

 

Narihira [なり平]
Series: A parody of six immortal poets  [見立六花撰] (Mitate Rokkasen)
Single nanushi censor seal: Muramatsu (1843-6): 1844
Publisher: Surugaya Sakujirō [駿河屋作次郎] (Japanese, fl. c. 1844 – 1865); Marks 06-005 | 501a
Signed: Kōchō(rō) Kunisada ga (香蝶国貞画) in a red double-gourd cartouche

 

Princess Sotoori [衣通姫] (Sotoori-hime)
Series: Chronicles of Elegant Women [風雅女史傳] (Fūga joshiden)
Combined date seal and kiwame censor seal: Ansei 6 (1859)
Pubisher: Ibaya Senzaburō [伊場屋仙三郎] (Japanese, 1815 – 1869)
Block carver: Yokokawa Takejirō [横川竹二郎] (Japanese, fl. 1845 – 1863); seal: Hori Take [彫竹]
Signed: Toyokuni ga [豊国 画] in a red toshidama cartouche

 

Beauty surrounded by decorative seals in archaic Chinese style
Date-kiwame seals: Bunsei 11 (1828)
Publisher: Iseya Sōemon [伊勢屋惣右衛門] (Japanese, c. 1776 – 1862)
Signed: Kunisada ga [国貞画] within a double toshidama

 

Kabuki actor Ichikawa Ebizō V as Tanbaya Onizo [丹波屋鬼蔵]
Actor: Ichikawa Danjūrō VII 市川団十郎 (Ichikawa Ebizō V [市川海老蔵], Ichikawa Hakuen II, Ichikawa Shinnosuke I, Japanese, 1791 – 1859)
Play: Koi Bikyaku Yamato Orai [恋飛脚大和往来], performed at Kawarasaki Theatre [河原崎座] in the 2nd month of 1851
Double nanushi censor seals: Fuku & Muramatsu, from 3rd month of Kaei 2 to 11th month of Kaei 4 (1849-51)
Publisher: Ibaya Senzaburō [伊場屋仙三郎] (Japanese, fl. 1815 – 1869)
Signed: Toyokuni ga [豊国 画] in a red toshidama cartouche

 

Kabuki actor Sawamura Chōjūrō V as Kameya Chubei [亀屋忠兵衛]
Actor: Sawamura Gennosuke II [沢村源之助] (Suketakaya Takasuke III, Sawamura Chōjūrō V [沢村長十郎], Sawamura Tosshō I, Sawamura Genpei I, Japanese, 1802/7 – 1853)
Play: Koi Bikyaku Yamato Orai [恋飛脚大和往来], performed at Kawarasaki Theatre [河原崎座] in the 2nd month of 1851
Double nanushi censor seals: Fuku & Muramatsu, from 3rd month of Kaei 2 to 11th month of Kaei 4 (1849-51)
Publisher: Ibaya Senzaburō [伊場屋仙三郎] (Japanese, fl. 1815 – 1869).
Signed: Toyokuni ga [豊国 画] in a red toshidama cartouche

 

The Moon
Series: Moon, Sun, Stars [月日星] (tsuki-hi-hoshi/boshi)
Double nanushi censor seals Mera & Murata (1846-50)
Publisher: Kojimaya Jūbei [小嶋屋重兵衛] (Japanese, fl. c. 1797 – 1869)
Signed: Ōju Toyokuni ga [応需豊国画] in a toshidama cartouche
Actor: Nakamura Utaemon IV [中村歌右衛門] (Nakamura Shikan II, Nakamura Tsurusuke I, Nakamura Tōtarō, Japanese, 1796 – 1852)

 

The Sun
Series: Moon, Sun, Stars [月日星] (tsuki-hi-hoshi/boshi)
Double nanushi censor seals Mera & Murata (1846-50)
Publisher: Kojimaya Jūbei [小嶋屋重兵衛] (Japanese, fl. c. 1797 – 1869)
Signed: Ōju Toyokuni ga [応需豊国画] in a toshidama cartouche
Actor: Ichikawa Danjūrō VIII [市川団十郎] (Ichikawa Ebizō VI, Ichikawa Shinnosuke II, Japanese, 1823 – 1854)

 

The Stars
Series: Moon, Sun, Stars [月日星] (tsuki-hi-hoshi/boshi)
Double nanushi censor seals Mera & Murata (1846-50)
Publisher: Kojimaya Jūbei [小嶋屋重兵衛] (Japanese, fl. c. 1797 – 1869)
Signed: Ōju Toyokuni ga [応需豊国画] in a toshidama cartouche
Actor: Iwai Hanshirō VIII [岩井半四郎] (Iwai Shijaku II, Iwai Kumesaburō III [岩井粂三郎], Iwai Hisajirō II, Japanese, 1829 – 1882)

 

Kabuki actor Nakamura Shikan [中村芝翫] as Gotobei [五斗兵衛]
Actor: Nakamura Utaemon IV [中村歌右衛門] (Nakamura Shikan II [中村芝翫], Nakamura Tsurusuke I, Nakamura Tōtarō, Japanese, 1796 – 1852)
Play: Yoshitsune’s Letter at Koshigoe [義経腰越状] (Yoshitsune Koshigoe-jo).
Date-aratame seal: Bunsei 13 / Tenpō 1 (1830)
Publisher: Ibaya Kyūbei [伊場屋 久兵衛] (Japanese, 1804 – 1851); seal Marks 08-055|126a
Signed: Gototei Kunisada ga [五渡亭国貞画]

 

Pine, bamboo, and plum: Three delights [松竹梅 | 三福追] (Shochikubai | Sanpuku tsui
Actors: Nakamura Shikan IV [中村芝翫] (Nakamura Fukusuke I [中村福助], Nakamura Masanosuke I, Nakamura Komasaburō, Nakamura Tamatarō I, Japanese, 1831 –  1899) and Nakamura Utaemon IV [中村歌右衛門] (Nakamura Shikan II, Nakamura Tsurusuke I, Nakamura Tōtarō, Japanese, 1796 – 1852) (on the painting)
Date seal and aratame censor seal: Ansei 2, 1st month (1855)
Publisher: Ibaya Senzaburō [伊場屋仙三郎] (Japanese, c. 1815 – 1869)
Block carver: Yokokawa Takejirō [横川竹二郎] (Japanese, fl. 1845 – 1863); seal: Hori Take [彫竹]
Signed: Ichiyōsai Toyokuni hitsu [一陽斎豊国筆]

 

Pine, bamboo, and plum: Three delights [松竹梅 | 三福追] (Shochikubai | Sanpuku tsui
Onoe Kikugorō V [五代目尾上菊五郎] (Onoe Baikō V, Ichimura Kakitsu IV, Ichimura Uzaemon XIII, Ichimura Kurōemon, Japanese, 1844 – 1903) and Ichimura Takenojō V [市村竹之丞] (Ichimura Uzaemon XII, Ichimura Kamenosuke, Ichimura Toyomatsu, Japanese, 1812 – 1851) (on the painting)
Date seal and aratame censor seal: Ansei 2, 1st month (1855)
Publisher: Ibaya Senzaburō [伊場屋仙三郎] (Japanese, c. 1815 – 1869)
Block carver: Yokokawa Takejirō [横川竹二郎] (Japanese, fl. 1845 – 1863); seal: Hori Take [彫竹]
Signed: Ichiyōsai Toyokuni hitsu [一陽斎豊国筆]

 

A Parody of Sugawara Stripes [菅原島 美立] (Sugawara-jima mitate)
Double nanushi censor seals: Hama & Magome, Kaei 2-5 (1849 – 1852)
Character: Sugawara no Michizane [菅原 道真/菅原 道眞] (Japanese, 845 – 903)
Publisher: Ibaya Senzaburō [伊場屋仙三郎] (Japanese, c. 1815 – 1869)
Signed: Toyokuni ga [豊国 画] in a red toshidama cartouche.

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