Ichikawa Danjūrō, Peony and Butterfly, Mountain in Early Spring and Chinese Peddler from the series Ryūsai manga


Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Ichikawa Danjūrō, Peony and Butterfly, Mountain in Early Spring and Chinese Peddler 

from the series Ryūsai manga

by Utagawa Hiroshige III, 1879

Suruga-chō, Evening scene of Mitsui Bank with Mt Fuji from the series Famous Places of Tokyo: Past and Present

IHL Cat. #1583

About This Print

The artist Utagawa Hiroshige III, a disciple of the great Utagawa Hiroshige I (1797-1858), created these sketches (manga), which were arranged three, four or five to a single sheet as a harimaze-e, in 1879.  Titled "Sketches by Ryūsai", Ryūsai being an artist name (gō) of Hiroshige III, they were very much in the tradition of his master Hiroshige I, who is sometimes credited as the inventor of the print genre harimaze, which can be literally translated as "paste and mix pictures" and is commonly translated as "cut-out pictures."

The height of their popularity was in the mid-1800s and these inexpensive prints were purchased and then often cut-apart and pasted onto Japanese screens or into scrapbooks.  Harimazi-e could include the work of multiple artists or just a single artist, as in  the case of these harimaze-e.  For other examples of harimazi-e in this collection see Kawanabe Kyōsai (1831-1889) and his works from the series Kyōsai Manga.

Print Details

 IHL Catalog
 Title or Description top right: Ichikawa Danjūrō
 top left: peony and butterfly
 bottom left: mountain in early spring
 bottom right: Chinese peddler (nankinmame 南京豆: reading of last character is not confirmed.) 
 Series Sketches by Ryūsai 
 Ryūsai manga 立斎漫画
 Artist Utagawa Hiroshige III (1842–1894)
画工:安藤徳兵エ [as printed in left margin]
artist name: Andō Tokubei [Hiroshige III's family name]
"Hiro" diamond seal [this seal was also used by Hiroshige I]
 Publication Date
April 28, 1879
Mizuno Keijirō 水野慶治郎 (Fujiokaya Keijirō) [Marks: pub. ref. 063; seal not shown]
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition excellent
 Genre ukiyo-e; harimaze-e
 Format oban
 H x W Paper 
 14 1/4 x 9 1/2 in. (36.2 x 24.1 cm)
 H x W Image
 13 1/4 x 8 7/8 in. (33.7 x 22.5 cm)

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