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Raoul

Hello all

I found these print along with some other prints I recently bought but I can’t identify them.

For the first one I believe the artist is Utagawa Kunisada II. The print is not in the data base.

To me it looks like people are on the run maybe because of a fire. That would explain why the child wears a hood. In the background there are more people running. What eaxctly is the scne about?

There are also some red spots on the print but also on the margin. Are these part of the design?

The second one is is in the database and shows a scene somewhere outside with a samurai ready to draw his sword. Not sure about the artist. Is it Shunbasai Hokuei?

What is this about and who is the artist?

The third is also not in the database and shows a samurai with some bats flying around him (sorry about the bad picture).

Not sure what I see there and who was the artist? Am also puzzled about the bats. Haven’t seen any on other prints.

The last one is a triptych by I believe Utagawa Kunisada.

What I think I see here are five women based on the hair cuts and the clothes but they carry swords.

Any idea what the scene describes?

Any feedback is greatly appreciated.

Thank you

Best regards

Raoul

 

 

  • lucienne parkan

    2nd print with gold frame
    This is the left panel of a diptych
    https://archive.waseda.jp/archive/detail.html?arg=%7B%22subDB_id%22:%2252%22,%22id%22:%22177860;53%22%7D&lang=en

    The artist is Hokkei here signing Shunbaisai Hokuei ga 春梅斎 北英画
    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shunbaisai_Hokuei

    Performance/theater/date
    Keisei Iriai Zakura けいせい入相桜 performed at the Kado no Shibai theater in Osaka, 1835/01

    Actor/role
    Nakamura Tomijiro II 中村富十郎
    Tsumaki 妻木
    https://www.kabuki21.com/tomijuro2.php

  • lucienne parkan

    3rd print with bats

    Artist Utagawa Kunisada I here signing Gototei Kunisada ga (五渡亭国貞画)
    link to site dedicated to Kunisada
    http://www.kunisada.de/Liste/kunisada-signature-seal.html

    Actor/role
    Segawa Kikunojo V  瀬川菊之丞
    Geisha Sankatsu 芸者三勝

    Performance/theater/date
    Kikuzuki Chigusa no akane zome
    (菊月千種の夕映) performed at the Kawarazaki theater, 1829/09

  • Raoul

    Hello Lucienne

    Thank you very much for your help and the links. Really appreciate it.

    And yes, I will try to post some better pictures. I will be on the road for the coming week without access to the prints.

    Should be able to post them by Jan. 30th.

    Best regards

    Raoul

     

  • Horst

    4th image
    Kabuki triptych by Kunisada I, signing "Toyokuni ga".
    Actor/roles from left:
    Ichikawa Shinsha I, Nakamura Tsuruzo I, Iwai Kumesaburō III, Kataoka Gatō II (?), Ichikawa Dannosuke V
    Ikazuchi no Otsuru (いかづちのお鶴), Mikazuki no Osen (三日月のお仙), Nuretsubame no Kosan (濡つばめの小三), Aizuchi no Okiku (相づちのお菊), Maboroshi no Ocho (まげぼうのお蝶)
    play "Somewakete momiji no Edozuma", performed at the Nakamura theatre, Edo
    date 10/1858; carver seal "Yokogawa hori Take"; publisher Daikokuya Heikichi

  • Raoul

    Hello Horst

    Thank you for your information, appreciate it.

    Agreed, the quality of the pictures is not great. Will try to upload better ones by end of this week.

    Best regards

    Raoul

  • lucienne parkan

    Raoul
    Finally got lucky and found information regarding the first print 😃 here's the link

    https://hotei-japanese-prints.com/new/prints-item/1480/stockno-20-249/Theme2//Utagawa_Kunisada_II_%E4%BA%8C%E4%BB%A3%E7%9B%AE%E6%AD%8C%E5%B7%9D%E5%9B%BD%E8%B2%9E_%281823-1880%29_?p=prints

  • lucienne parkan

    1st print - Thanks to Horst we now have a complete title and explanation
    江戸花廓之立退 edo no hana kuruwa no tachinoki
    eviction from the quarter/district of the "Flowers of Edo"

    • Raoul

      Hi Lucienne

      That is very interesting.

      Looks like I wasn't that far of with my initial thought about people running away from something.

      Is this linked to a historical event like the Maireki fire of 1657 (Mareiki Taika or Edo no san-taika) ?

      Thank you

      Best regards

      Raoul

       

       

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