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Artist: Utagawa Toyokuni I (初代歌川豊国)

Print: Early kabuki diptych of Bandō Mitsugorō III (坂東三津五郎) on the left and Onoe Kikugorō III (尾上菊五郎) on the right

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Dates: created,1816
Dimensions: 19.5 in,14.75 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: Japanese woodblock print
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Signed: Toyokuni ga
Date: 7/1816
Publisher: unknown
Censor's seal: kiwame
Futaka seal: 7/1816

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What are we to make of the problem that the only known example of a print is in the Lyon Collection?

Timon Screech in his essay "Ukiyo-e Artists and the City" wrote on page 124:

"The attrition rates of prints is very great. Sometimes we have only one or two impressions left, even though thousands may originally have been printed. But one can also hypothesize that some prints exist in only one or two copies because they were seized and pulped. The authorities - whether the government or the publishers' guild - were not going to let them circulate. And then there are occasional documented cases, such as that of Kitagawa Utamaro... in which artists did go too far. Their pictures were destroyed, and the maker and publisher were manacled or punished in some other way."