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

Print: Iwai Hanshirō V (岩井半四郎) with Matsumoto Kōshirō V (松本幸四郎) on stage - in the center panel of a triptych entitled 大当三階花見図 the figure in the background may be Sawamura Kawazō I? (澤村川蔵)

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Dates: 1820s,created
Dimensions: 9.625 in,13.875 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: Japanese woodblock print

Signed: Gototei Kunisada ga
Publisher: Kawaguchiya Uhei
(Marks 232 - seal 21-142)

Related links: Waseda University; Waseda University - left-hand panel; Waseda University - right-hand panel; Japan Arts Council - the full triptych;

Physical description:

The actor Iwai Hanshirō V was a famous onnagata in his day. In this print he is wearing a kimono decorated with irises and butterflies. Irises appear in the scenery in the background, too. This is a clue which will be solved later.

The title which is seen in the upper right corner of the right-hand panel, not shown here, is 大當三階花見図.

Complete triptych from Japan Arts Council