Posted by Alec W. (18.104.22.168) on May 20, 2020 at 03:40:17:
In Reply to: Who and What posted by Steven Silver on May 20, 2020 at 00:07:33:
The date seal for 1855 (2nd month) confirms that the artist is Toyokuni III, aka Kunisada.
Kunisada was by far the most prolific ukiyo-e artist, and actor designs were his bread and butter.
The labels by each figure are role names, with the actors unnamed, so it would take more theater expertise than I have to know exactly what is depicted. That said, I believe the middle figure is labeled "Shirai Gonpachi" 白井権八, a theatrical name for the historical ronin Hirai Gonpachi.
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