Re: Question about a print

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Posted by Guy Pepermans ( on April 28, 2015 at 15:01:09:

In Reply to: Question about a print posted by Matthew on April 28, 2015 at 03:51:13:

It is a Kabuki actor print (yakusha-e) depicting the Osaka based actor Nakamura Hashinosuke II (aka Nakamura Tsurusuke V, 1846-92) in the role of Asahina no Saburō. I could not identify the corresponding kabuki play. Must date from around 1862-63.

The artist of your print, signing 'Toyohide' is not the earlier Edo pupil of Utagawa Toyoharu, but someone that was active in Osaka during 1838-43 and a second period 1862-63.
I refer to the biographical notes written in the last of the print description here:

The Osaka prints connoisseur Hendrick Lühl states in his recent publication(*) that Kitagawa Toyohide, active during the first period and working in oban format, must be distiguished from a later artist, Toyohide II, active during the early 1860s. Reason is, that according to Lühl, a signature on a tetraptych shows that the print designer Munehiro changed his name into Kitagawa Toyohide (the second).

It should an interesting excercise if a kabuki expert could identify the date of performance and the theatre of the corrsponding kabuki play and see if your unrecorded print was issued in - or outside the time-frame of 1862-63.

(*)'Schätze der Kamigata. Japanische Farbholzschnitte aus Osaka 1780-1880', 2012, p. 276, nrs 253,254.

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