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Hasegawa Sadanobu III (Konobu III) (1881-1963)

Prints in Collection

Collection of One Hundred Kumadori Makeups in Kabuki, Collection 2, 1925


Sukeroku from the folio Collection of One Hundred Kumadori Makeups in Kabuki, Collection 2
Sukeroku
IHL Cat. #1434
 
Seitaka Dōji from the folio Collection of One Hundred Kumadori Makeups in Kabuki, Collection 2
Seitaka Dōji
IHL Cat. #1435

 
Kagekiyo from the folio Collection of One Hundred Kumadori Makeups in Kabuki, Collection 2
Kagekiyo
IHL
 Cat. #1436


Kitsune Tadanobu from the folio Collection of One Hundred Kumadori Makeups in Kabuki, Collection 2
Kitsune Tadanobu
IHL Cat. #1437

Kaidomaru from the folio Collection of One Hundred Kumadori Makeups in Kabuki, Collection 2
Kaidomaru
IHL Cat. #1438
 
Shibaraku from the folio Collection of One Hundred Kumadori Makeups in Kabuki, Collection 2
Shibaraku
IHL Cat. #1439

 
Ōwashi Bungo from the folio Collection of One Hundred Kumadori Makeups in Kabuki, Collection 2
Ōwashi Bungo
IHL Cat. #1440

Sekibei from the folio Collection of One Hundred Kumadori Makeups in Kabuki, Collection 2
Sekibei
IHL Cat. #1441
 

Oiwa from the folio Collection of One Hundred Kumadori Makeups in Kabuki, Collection 2
Oiwa
IHL Cat. #1442
 


Modoribashi from the folio Collection of One Hundred Kumadori Makeups in Kabuki, Collection 2
Modoribashi
IHL Cat. #1443  


Illustrated Collection of Famous Japanese Puppets of the Osaka Bunrakuza, 1926-1927


Bunraku Theater Stage Set for Yoshitsune senbon zakura from the Illustrated Collection of Famous Japanese Puppets of the Osaka Bunrakuza
(first edition with tissue overlay)
IHL Cat. #2474

Bunraku Theater Stage Set for Yoshitsune and the Thousand Cheery Trees (Michiyuki Dance Scene) from the Illustrated Collection of Famous Japanese Puppets of the Osaka Bunrakuza
IHL Cat. #1657 (later edition)

Bunraku Theater Stage Set for Ichi-no-tani Futaba Gunki from the Illustrated Collection of Famous Japanese Puppets of the Osaka Bunrakuza
Bunraku Theater Stage Set for
Ichi-no-tani Futaba Gunki, 1926

IHL Cat. #2486
(first edition with tissue overlay)

Tamaori Hime in Ichi-no-tani Futaba Gunki from the Illustrated Collection of Famous Japanese Puppets of the Osaka Bunrakuza
Tamaori Hime in
IHL Cat. #2487

   
IHL Cat. #2488
 
Bunraku Theater Stage Set for Kanadehon Chūshingura, Act 5 from the Illustrated Collection of Famous Japanese Puppets of the Osaka Bunrakuza
(first edition with tissue overlay)
IHL Cat. #2489

Bunraku Theater Stage Set for Kanadehon Chūshingura Act 5 from the Illustrated Collection of Famous Japanese Puppets of the Osaka Bunrakuza
IHL Cat. #1659 (later edition)
IHL Cat. #1659

Hyakushō Yoichibei in Kanadehon Chūshingura, Act 5 from the Illustrated Collection of Famous Japanese Puppets of the Osaka Bunrakuza
Hyakushō Yoichibei in Kanadehon Chūshingura, Act 5, 1926
IHL Cat. #2490






Bunraku Theater Stage Set for Kanadehon Chūshingura, Act 7 from the Illustrated Collection of Famous Japanese Puppets of the Osaka Bunrakuza
Bunraku Theater Stage Set for
Kanadehon Chūshingura, Act VII,
1926 or 1927

(first edition with tissue overlay)
IHL Cat. #2491

Ōboshi Yuranosuke in Kanadehon Chūshingura, Act 7 from the Illustrated Collection of Famous Japanese Puppets of the Osaka Bunrakuza
Ōboshi Yuranosuke in
Kanadehon Chūshingura, Act VII,
1926 or 1927

IHL Cat. #2492
 
Yūjo Okaru in Kanadehon Chūshingura, Act 7 from the Illustrated Collection of Famous Japanese Puppets of the Osaka Bunrakuza
Yūjo Okaru in
Kanadehon Chūshingura, Act VII,
1926 or 1927 

IHL Cat. #2493


Bunraku Theater Stage Set for Igagoe dōchū sugoroku from the Illustrated Collection of Famous Japanese Puppets of the Osaka Bunrakuza
Bunraku Theater Stage Set for
Igagoe dōchū sugoroku, 1926

(first edition with tissue overlay)
IHL Cat. #2475

Bunraku Theater Stage Set for Dan-no-ura Kabuto Gunki from the Illustrated Collection of Famous Japanese Puppets of the Osaka Bunrakuza
Bunraku Theater Stage Set for
Dan-no-ura Kabuto Gunki, 1926 or 1927

(first edition with tissue overlay)
IHL Cat. #2478
 
Hatakeyama Shigetada in Dan-no-ura Kabuto Gunki from the Illustrated Collection of Famous Japanese Puppets of the Osaka Bunrakuza
Hatakeyama Shigetada in
Dan-no-ura Kabuto Gunki, 1926 or 1927

IHL Caty. #2479



Bunraku Theater Stage Set for Honchō Nijūshikō from the Illustrated Collection of Famous Japanese Puppets of the Osaka Bunrakuza
 Bunraku Theater Stage Set for
Honchō Nijūshik
ō, 1926 or 1927
(first edition with tissue overlay)
IHL Cat. #2476
 
Koshimoto Nureginu in Honchō nijūshikō from the Illustrated Collection of Famous Japanese Puppets of the Osaka Bunrakuza
Honchō nijūshikō, 1926 or 1927
IHL Cat. #2477

 
Bunraku Theater Stage Set for Natsumatsuri Naniwa Kagami from the Illustrated Collection of Famous Japanese Puppets of the Osaka Bunrakuza
Bunraku Theater Stage Set for Natsumatsuri Naniwa Kagami,
1926 or 1927

(first edition with tissue overlay)
IHL Cat. #2481


Issun Tokubei in Natsumatsuri Naniwa Kagami from the Illustrated Collection of Famous Japanese Puppets of the Osaka Bunrakuza
Issun Tokubei in
Natsumatsuri Naniwa Kagami,
1926 or 1927

IHL Cat. #2482

Bunraku Theater Stage Set for Shinjū Ten no Amijima from the Illustrated Collection of Famous Japanese Puppets of the Osaka Bunrakuza
Bunraku Theater Stage Set for
Shinjū Ten no Amijima, 1926 or 1927

(first edition with tissue overlay)
IHL Cat. #2480

Bunraku Theater Stage Set for Shinpan Utazaimon from the Illustrated Collection of Famous Japanese Puppets of the Osaka Bunrakuza
(first edition with tissue overlay)
IHL Cat. #2483
 



 
Omitsu in Shinpan Utazaimon from the Illustrated Collection of Famous Japanese Puppets of the Osaka Bunrakuza
Omitsu in
Shinpan Utazaimon, 1926 or 1927

IHL Cat. #2484
 
Hisamatsu and Kyūsaku in
Shinpan Utazaimon, 1926 or 1927

IHL Cat. #1656 and IHL Cat. #2485

 
Bunraku Puppet Stage Set for the Scene Tearing the Carriage Apart in Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami [Sugawara and the Secrets of Calligraphy]
Bunraku Theater Stage Set for
Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami,
post-WWWII (orig. 1927)

IHL Cat. #1528


Bunraku Theater Stage Set for Kamakura Sandaiki from the Illustrated Collection of Famous Japanese Puppets of the Osaka Bunrakuza
(first edition with tissue overlay)
IHL Cat. #2472

Bunraku Theater Stage Set for Kamakura Sandaiki from the Illustrated Collection of Famous Japanese Puppets of the Osaka Bunrakuza
IHL Cat. #1658 (later edition) 
 
Sasaki Takatsuna in Kamakura Sandiki from the Illustrated Collection of Famous Japanese Puppets of the Osaka Bunrakuza
Sasaki Takatsuna in
Kamakura Sandaiki, 1927

IHL Cat. #2473









 













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Biographical Data

Biography

Hasegawa Sadanobu III 代 長谷川貞信 (1881-1963) [Konobu III 代 信] 

Sources: Guide to Modern Japanese Woodblock Prints: 1900-1975, Helen Merritt, University of Hawaii Press, 1992, p. 28; The Hotei Encyclopedia of Japanese Woodblock Prints, Amy Reigle Newland, Hotei Publishing Company, 2005, p. 439; website of Osaka Prints http://www.osakaprints.com/content/information/artist_bios/biographies/bio_sadanobu2nd.htm

The third of six generations of blood descendants of Hasegawa Sadanobu I 長谷川貞信 (1809-1879), Hasegawa Sadanobu III was born in Osaka with the given name of Nobutarō.  He studied with his father Hasegawa Sadanobu II (1848-1940), who used the gō (art name) Konobu 小信 (making him Konobu I).   A younger brother of Sadanobu II, who lived until the age of twenty, used the gō  Konobu II, making Hasegawa Sadanobu III, Konobu III, when he took this name as his gō.  Konobu III's specialties were prints related to the kabuki and bunraku (puppet) theaters and historical prints. 

In 1925 he designed thirty prints (divided into 3 collections) showing various types of kumadori or stylized makeup used in kabuki.  In 1926/1927 he created a series of forty-eight prints depicting the stage set and main characters (in the form of puppets) of twelve bunraku plays.  The series was titled Illustrated Collection of Famous Japanese Puppets of the Osaka Bunrakuza 大阪文楽座人形画集 日本名物 and contained twelve sets of prints, one for each play.  The first edition of this collection of prints was jointly issued by the publishers Bijutsusha 美術社 in Tokyo and Hangakai hanmoto 版画会板元 in Kyoto. At an unknown later date Uchida Publishing obtained the blocks and re-issued the prints depicting puppets.

As a caution, due to the overlapping active years of Sadanobu II and III and Sadanobu III and IV, work bearing the Konobu signature is often miss-attributed. 

For a sampling of the work of the first three generations of Sadanobus, see http://kul01.lib.kansai-u.ac.jp/library/etenji/hasegawa/teishin-top.html, which, hopefully, has correctly attributed all the work displayed.


Sample Signatures and Seals of the Artist

Konobu signature and seal
三世
Konobu signature and 三世信 
3rd generation Konobu seal
Konobu signature and だのぶ  
Konobu seal 
Konobu signature and seal
Konobu signature and seal
 
Konobu signature and seal
 
Konobu signature and seal
Konobu ga signature and seal


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5/19/2021

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