Artist: Utagawa Kunisada (歌川国貞) / Toyokuni III (三代豊国)

Print: Bandō Mitsugorō III (坂東三津五郎) as Hayano Kanpei (早勘平) from the series Great Performances: Contemporary Pressed-Cloth Battledores (Tōsei oshi-e hagoita atari kyōgen no uchi - 當世押絵羽子板)

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Dates: circa 1823,created
Dimensions: 9.75 in,14.75 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: Japanese woodblock print
Inscription: Signed: ōju Gototei Kunisada ga
(By special request... 應需五渡亭国貞画)
Publisher: Azumaya Daisuke
(Marks 025 - seal 06-001)
Censor's seal: kiwame

Related links: Waseda University ; Ritsumeikan University; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston - Iwai Hanshiro from this series;

Physical description:

There are ten prints in this series. "Pressed-cloth portraits attached to battledores were sold as New Year souvenirs at temples and shrines. They appeared during the 18th century and survive today in a debased form in the souvenir stalls that surround all modern tourist sites in Japan. First employed as a graphic device by the Katsukawa-school, battledore portraits were revived by Toyokuni in 1817 in his guide to theatrical portraiture... which served as a model for Kunisada. An interesting legacy of Kunisada's presence in Osaka is a variation on this battledore set designed by the Osaka artists Jukōdō Yoshikuni (active 1813-32) and Saikōtei Shibakuni (active 1821-26), featuring local actors..."

Quoted from: Kunisada's World by Sebastian Izzard, p. 91.