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The actors Bandō Takesaburō I, Bandō Shūka I, Ichikawa Danjūrō VIII, Iwai Kumesaburō III and Nakamura Fukusuke I

Japanese Color Woodblock Print

The actors Bandō Takesaburō I, Bandō Shūka I, Ichikawa Danjūrō VIII, Iwai Kumesaburō III and Nakamura Fukusuke I

by Utagawa Kunisada, 1854

The actors Nakamura Nakasuke II, Nakamura Fukusuke, Nakamura Tomijūrō II and Ichikawa Danjūrō VIII (in the play Ume yanagi sakigake zōshi)

IHL Cat. #675

About This Print

The actors Bandō Takesaburō I [(初代)坂東竹三郎] and Bandō Shūka I [(初代)坂東しうか] (R); Ichikawa Danjūrō VIII [(八代目)市川団十郎] (C); Iwai Kumesaburō III [(三代目)岩井粂三郎] and Nakamura Fukusuke I [(初代)中村福助] (L) pictured against a background of wisteria.  The subtle transitions of shade and color in the robes is quite impressive.



A different, and likely unpublished, state of this print in the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, is shown below.  It does not carry a publisher's seal and while the left panel carries the Hori Takichi engraver seal, as on this collection's print, neither the center or right panels carry this seal.


MFA impression 11.44149a-c


The Actors Pictured in This Collection's Print

For profiles of the actors depicted in this print please see the article The Kabuki Actor.


Print Details

 IHL Catalog #675
 Title Actors Bandō Takesaburō I (初代)坂東竹三郎, Bandō Shūka I (初代)坂東しうか (R), Ichikawa Danjūrō VIII (八代目)市川団十郎 (C), Iwai Kumesaburō III (三代目)岩井粂三郎, and Nakamura Fukusuke I (初代)中村福助 (L)
 Series n/a
 Artist
 Utagawa Kunisada I (1786–1865)
 Signature
 Ichiyōsai Toyokuni ga 一陽斎豊国画 inside of Toshidama cartouche 年玉枠
 Seal 
 Publication Date
Left most seal: date seal reading 嘉二 1854 (Kaei 7/Ansei 1), 2nd month
Right most seal: aratame censor seal
 Publisher
板元, 井筒屋 Hanmoto, Izutsuya seal of Izutsuya Shōkichi [Marks: 24-055; Publisher ref. no. 188]
 Carver
彫多吉 Hori Takichi seal of Ōtaya Takichi (d. 1882)
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition good - slightly rubbed and soiled; minor ink offsetting on right panel; several wormholes repaired from back
 Genre ukiyo-e; yakusha-e
 Miscellaneous 
 Format oban triptych
 H x W Paper 14 x 9 3/4 (35.6 x 24.8 cm) each sheet
 Collections This Print Museum of Fine Arts, Boston 11.44149a-c 

 Reference Literature
 
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