Re: Possible Toyokuni I?


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Posted by Alec W. (174.105.163.103) on July 28, 2021 at 17:59:38:

In Reply to: Possible Toyokuni I? posted by Nages on July 28, 2021 at 17:16:58:

https://data.ukiyo-e.org/uploads/images/2f81b2ebcab1ec46c8fce1a5d3fa9bc1.jpg

There is an impression of this catalogued by Hankyu Culture Foundation (0496-02):

http://www.hankyu-bunka.or.jp/archive/?app=shiryo&mode=detail&data_id=208814

It appears to be a diptych with 0496-01:

http://www.hankyu-bunka.or.jp/archive/?app=shiryo&mode=detail&data_id=208813

Hankyu identifies it as a Toyokuni I design from an 1819 theater performance.

That said, see also this 1832 Kunisada diptych, showing the same actor names and roles in a strikingly similar composition:

https://collections.mfa.org/objects/536263

The difference in dates would imply different actors (Nakamura Shikan I vs II, Bandō Mitsugorō III vs IV). Maybe both sources are correct and these designs are from different performances, but I am suspicious that they may belong to the same performance... I just don't have the expertise to say who is right here.

-A


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