Fabrics Dyed to Order

(Gochūmon oatsurae some, 御註文御誂染)

Publisher: Ogawa Hansuke

1846

 

This series of kabuki actor prints can be dated to 1846, because of the seal of the censor Murata.  It is not listed in Kuniyoshi by Basil William Robinson (Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 1961).  The prints are each about 14 by 10 inches (36 by 25 centimeters), a size known as ōban.

 

Actor as the barefoot Oshichi (お七) wearing an elaborately dyed robe, biting a handkerchief and holding a tablet inscribed with the characters for “pine, bamboo, and plum”

 

Actor as Kichizō (吉三)

 

 

 

Actor Bandō Shūka I as Kuzunohahime (くずのはぎつね) in Kuzu no ha

 

 

Ichikawa Danjūrō VIII as Banzui Chobei (幡隨長兵衛)

 

 

    “Robinson” refers to listing of the series in Kuniyoshi by Basil William Robinson (Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 1961). 

 

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