Yamatoya (Iwai Hanshiro IV) from the Portraits of Actors Onstage series

In the cartouche in the upper right-hand corner of this print is the title identifying the series to which the design belongs: “Yakusha butai no sugata-e (Portraits of Actors on Stage)” followed by the “house-name” of the actor, “Yamatoya.” The actor is depicted in three-quarter pose facing toward the proper left, while turning his head emphatically over his right shoulder. His costume, for a woman’s role, consists of an outer kimono of purple over inner robes of pink, green, and deep orange-red. The obi (sash) is overprinted in black with a yellow pattern near the loose end. To the proper right of the figure is the signature, “Toyokuni-ga (picture by Toyokuni),” followed by the circular censor’s seal, “kiwame,” and the oblong publisher’s seal, “Sen-ichi han.” The background is printed in plain grey.

Maker(s)
Artist: Utagawa Toyokuni I 歌川豊国 (1769-1825)
Publisher: Sen'ichi han
Historical period(s)
Edo period, 1794
Medium
Woodblock print; ink and color on paper
Dimensions
H x W: 38 x 24.7 cm (14 15/16 x 9 3/4 in)
Geography
Japan
Credit Line
Anonymous gift
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F1982.10
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Print
Type

Woodblock print (oban)

Keywords
actor, Edo period (1615 - 1868), hosoban, Japan, oban, portrait, theater, ukiyo-e, WWII-era provenance
Provenance
Provenance research underway.
Description

In the cartouche in the upper right-hand corner of this print is the title identifying the series to which the design belongs: "Yakusha butai no sugata-e (Portraits of Actors on Stage)" followed by the "house-name" of the actor, "Yamatoya." The actor is depicted in three-quarter pose facing toward the proper left, while turning his head emphatically over his right shoulder. His costume, for a woman's role, consists of an outer kimono of purple over inner robes of pink, green, and deep orange-red. The obi (sash) is overprinted in black with a yellow pattern near the loose end. To the proper right of the figure is the signature, "Toyokuni-ga (picture by Toyokuni)," followed by the circular censor's seal, "kiwame," and the oblong publisher's seal, "Sen-ichi han." The background is printed in plain grey.

Inscription(s)

1. (A. Yonemura, 1982) [^j^] In the cartouche in the upper right-hand corner of this print is the title identifying the series to which the design belongs: "Yakusha butai no sugata-e (Portraits of Actors on Stage)" followed by the "house-name" of the actor, "Yamatoya."

To the proper right of the figure is the signature, "Toyokuni-ga (picture by Toyokuni)," followed by the circular censor's seal, "kiwame," and the oblong publisher's seal, "Sen-ichi han."

Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
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