Utagawa Kunimasa IV Actor Print

Utagawa Kunimasa IV

Published by Hasegawa Sonokichi, 1890
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This item on hold pending amendment of California Assembly Bill 1570. Artist: Utagawa Kunimasa IV 1848-1920. Series/Title: Possibly from the series atari kyogen haiyu ude kurabe, but that series title does not appear on the print. Actor print. Size: HxW 14.4 x 9.3 inches, each of three panels of a triptych. Oban tate-e. Date: 1890 (Meiji 23) Signed: Oju Kochoro ga, with toshidama seal. Publisher: Hasegawa Sonokichi. Address of publisher contained within cat-shaped cartouche: Tokyo Nihonbashi Kotenmacho Sanchome 17-banchi . Colors: Excellent colors, somewhat understated but not much faded. Two shades of red, two shades of blue, and a medium brown are the principal colors. Secondary colors include charcoal and soft green. Condition: Margins are mostly trimmed, except that top edges are untrimmed and the left edge of the left sheet is mostly untrimmed. Washi [?] paper. Unbacked. The three panels are carefully pasted together from the reverse side along either vertical edge of the center sheet. Slight evidence of former pasting along part of the top of the reverse side. A few very small worm holes at the bottom of the left and right sheets. Almost no soiling. Very Good as to impression. The lines are reasonably clean and clear, neither crisp nor mushy, suggesting a pull neither early nor late. No off-setting apparent. Overall rated Very Good. Comments: Originally born Takenouchi Hidehisa, the artist used multiple go (artist names) during his career including Baido Hosai, Baido Kunimasa, Kochoro, Kunimasa IV, Kunisada III and Toyokuni V. Early in his career he used the go Kunimasa IV and Baido Hosai. In 1889 he succeeded as head of the Utagawa line and took the go Kunisada III. Later in his career he claimed the title Toyokuni IV, but that go was already taken (a fact that he refused to recognize), so he is referred to as Toyokuni V. This triptych features the actors Ichikawa Danjuro at right, Onoe Kikugoro at center, Onoe Kikugoro at center left [playing a second role], and Ichikawa [first name undeciphered] at far left. Bookseller Inventory #

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Title: Utagawa Kunimasa IV Actor Print
Publisher: Hasegawa Sonokichi
Publication Date: 1890
Illustrator: Utagawa Kunimasa IV
Book Condition: Very Good Minus

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