Unidentified actor as Saburō, No. 62 from the series Tōto meisho awase no uchi

Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Unidentified actor as Saburō

No. 62 from the series Kōto meisho awase no uchi

by Toyohara Kunichika, 1867

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

IHL Cat. #1258

About This Print

An unidentified actor as Saburō in an unknown play. The famous view in background inset is unidentified but might read 雲橋, Cloud Bridge.  The print is numbered 六十二 [62] in the title cartouche.

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) unknown actor as Saburō 三郎 (Note: the actor's name is not given on the print, only the role played.) 
 Series Matches for Famous Places in Edo
 Kōto meisho awase no uchi  江都名所合之内
 Artist Toyohara Kunichika (1835–1900)
Kunichika hitsu
 Seal toshidama seal below signature
 Publication Date
August 1867 慶応08 (aratame date seal 卯八改)
Masudaya Ginjirō 増田屋銀次郎
seal reading: Hanmoto, Masudaya, Shiba Shinmeimae
板元 増田屋 芝神 明前
[Marks: seal 24-061; pub. ref. 304]
彫工舛吉 Hori Takichi (Ōtaya Takichi)

 Impression good
 Colors excellent
 Condition excellent - slight toning
 Genre ukiyo-e; nigao-e; yakusha-e
 Format vertical oban
 H x W Paper 
 14 3/16 x 9 1/2 in. (36 x 24.1 cm)
 H x W Image
 14 x 9 1/2 in. (35.6 x 24.1 cm)
 Collections This Print
 The Tsubouchi Memorial Theatre Museum of Waseda University 007-0309, 007-0394
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