Artist: Utagawa Toyokuni I (初代歌川豊国)

Print: Nakamura Shikan I (中村芝翫) as Hanaregoma Chōkichi (放駒長吉) standing before a wooden screen

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Dates: created,circa 1818 - 1819
Dimensions: 10.5 in,15.5 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: Japanese woodblock print

Signed: Toyokuni ga
Publisher: Yamamotoya Heikichi (Marks 595 seal: 04-007)
Censor's seal: kiwame

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Physical description:

This print may well represent a scene from the play Hana no Iro Futatsu Chōchō (壮色双蝶蝶) or Futatsu Chōchō Kuruwa Nikki (双蝶仝曲輪日記), or one of their many variants, based on the use of a standing screen which appears in these plays. A similar screen in a triptych by Kunisada II and with this character was published in 1857. That composition, linked to above, is in the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. A similar composition in the same museum is from 1854 and by Toyokuni III.