Posted by Guy (18.104.22.168) on August 20, 2013 at 21:10:49:
In Reply to: Eizan posted by Luque on August 19, 2013 at 08:07:50:
I'm not sure if this print is part of a series. The publisher is Kanekoya Jinbei (Marks: pulisher 209, seal 06-019), active between 1811-25. This publisher is listed by Marks for issuing unserialized actor prints by Toyokuni and Kunisada.
Although rubbed and damaged, I find it still an interesting print By Eizan. The yellow cartouche at the right mentions Sanshôtei Karaku I (1777-1833), a famous Edo comical storyteller ('rakugoka'). This must be the gentleman in the inset bust portrait. The girl is refered to as kakujochû Omirurô. A 'kakujochû' was a maidservant attached to Edo Castle, mostly working in the kitchens. The print bears also a signed poem.
I ignore completely the possible connection between this girl and Sanshôtei. Interesting stuff for scholars I guess.
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