Kijutsu soroi sannin dōji (A Gathering of Three Young Magicians)

Japanese Color Woodblock Print 

Kijutsu soroi sannin dōji

(A Gathering of Three Young Magicians)

by Toyohara Kunichika, 1880

The actor Ichikawa Sadanji in the role of Marubashi Chûya

IHL Cat. #1072

About This Print

The three most famous actors of their time (from right to left), Ichikawa Danjūrō IX , Onoe Kikugorō V and Ichikawa Sadanji play the roles of the three young magicians's 雲龍九郎 Unryūkurō (cloud dragon - note Danjūrō's cloud patterned garb); 虎王丸 Tora Ōmaru (Tiger Ōmaru) and 竜王太郎 Ryūō (dragon king) Tarō.

The Actors Pictured

For information about each actor see the article The Kabuki Actor.

Print Details

 IHL Catalog #1072
 Title (Description) A Gathering of Three Young Magicians
 (竒術揃三人童子 Kijutsu soroi sannin dōji)
 Artist Toyohara Kunichika (1835–1900)
 Signature 豊原国周筆 Toyohara Kunichika hitsu with Toshidama seal
 Publication Date
April 10, 1880 (Meiji 13) 御届 明治三年四月十日

seal of Hasegawa Sonokichi 長谷川其吉appearing on right sheet
 seal of Tatsukawa Kokichi 懶川虎吉appearing on center sheet
Left cartouche:
left side: 出版人 [shuppanjin (publisher)] 長谷川其吉 [Hasegawa Sonokichi - (Marks: similar to seal 27-024; pub. ref. 101)] with publisher's address to its right reading 小傳馬町三丁目 十六バンチ [Kotenmachō Sanchōme 16-banchi]
right side: date of delivery as shown above
Right cartouche: 
left side: 出版人 [shuppanjin (publisher)] 懶川虎吉 [Tatsukawa Kokichi - (Marks: not shown)] with publisher's address to its right reading 蛎売町二丁目八番地 [Kakiuri machi ni chōme 8-banchi]
right side: 画工 [picture made by] 荒川八十八 [Arakawa Yasohachi, Kunichika's given name] followed by artist's address
 not shown
 Carver not shown
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition good - backed with heavy paper; three sheets attached; trimmed to image; vertical fold right sheet
 Genre ukiyo-e; yakusha-e
 Format vertical oban triptych
 H x W Paper 
 13 7/8 x 28 1/2 in. (35.2 x 72.4 cm) 
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