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Bandō Hikosaburō V as Takegawa, No. 66 from the series Edo meisho awase no uchi

Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Bandō Hikosaburō V as Takegawa

No. 66 from the series Edo meisho awase no uchi

by Toyohara Kunichika, 1867

Horse and Ram from the series Haiyū Mitate Jūnishi


IHL Cat. #1257

About This Print

The actor Bandō Hikosaburō V as Takegawa in an unknown play. The famous view in background inset is identified as Takebashi Gomon 竹ばし御もん, a gate at Edo castle. The print is numbered 六十六 [66] in the title cartouche.

The Actor Pictured

For information on Bandō Hikosaburō V see The Kabuki Actor.

About the Series Edo Meisho awase no uchi

This series matches actors portraying a specific character with famous places in Edo.  It consists of at least 58 prints drawn by multiple artists, including Toyohara Kunichika (1835–1900)Utagawa Kuniteru II (1830-1874) and Utagawa Yoshiiku (1833-1904), published by Masudaya Ginjirō .  Two slightly different series titles are used on the prints: 江都名所合之内 Kōto meisho awase no uchi and 江戸名所合之内 Edo meisho awase no uchi.  Note that Kōto was a synonym for Edo.

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A partial assemblage of the prints in the series

Print Details

 IHL Catalog #1257
 Title (Description) Bandō Hikosaburō V as Takegawa 竹川 (Note: the actor's name is not given on the print, only the role played.) 
 Series Matches for Famous Places in Edo
 Edo meisho awase no uchi  江戸名所合之内
 Artist Toyohara Kunichika (1835–1900)
 Signature
国周筆 Kunichika hitsu
 Seal toshidama seal below signature
 Publication Date
August 1867 慶応08 (aratame date seal 卯八改)
 Publisher
Masudaya 増田屋 Ginjirō 銀次郎 [Marks: seal 24-061; pub. ref. 304]
 Printer
 
 Carver
彫工舛吉 Hori Takichi (Ōtaya Takichi)

 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition excellent - slight toning
 Genre ukiyo-e; nigao-e; yakusha-e
 Miscellaneous
 Format vertical oban
 H x W Paper 
 14 3/16 x 9 5/8 in. (36 x 24.4 cm)
 H x W Image
 13 7/8 x 9 1/2 in. (35.2 x 24.1 cm)
 Literature 
 
 Collections This Print
 The Tsubouchi Memorial Theatre Museum of Waseda University 007-0372; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston 11.40496
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