Toyokuni manga zue "A collection of amusing drawings by Toyokuni", signed Konomi ni makase Toyokuni ga and published by Uemura - fine impressions and color, some trimming of the margins, slight worming on some plates, a few with slight soiling, otherwise very good condition" /> KUNISADA & YOSHITORA: <I>oban tate-e</I> (36.2 x 24.2cm.); an album containing sixty prints from the series <I>Konjaku kabuki meiyu</I> "Famous actors past and present", signed variously by Kunisada and Yoshitora and published by Ebisuya Shoshichi (Kinshodo), and eight prints from the series <I>Toyokuni manga zue</I> "A collection of amusing drawings by Toyokuni", signed <I>Konomi ni makase Toyokuni ga</I> and published by Uemura - fine impressions and color, some trimming of the margins, slight worming on some plates, a few with slight soiling, otherwise very good condition | Christie's
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    KUNISADA & YOSHITORA: oban tate-e (36.2 x 24.2cm.); an album containing sixty prints from the series Konjaku kabuki meiyu "Famous actors past and present", signed variously by Kunisada and Yoshitora and published by Ebisuya Shoshichi (Kinshodo), and eight prints from the series Toyokuni manga zue "A collection of amusing drawings by Toyokuni", signed Konomi ni makase Toyokuni ga and published by Uemura - fine impressions and color, some trimming of the margins, slight worming on some plates, a few with slight soiling, otherwise very good condition

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    KUNISADA & YOSHITORA: oban tate-e (36.2 x 24.2cm.); an album containing sixty prints from the series Konjaku kabuki meiyu "Famous actors past and present", signed variously by Kunisada and Yoshitora and published by Ebisuya Shoshichi (Kinshodo), and eight prints from the series Toyokuni manga zue "A collection of amusing drawings by Toyokuni", signed Konomi ni makase Toyokuni ga and published by Uemura - fine impressions and color, some trimming of the margins, slight worming on some plates, a few with slight soiling, otherwise very good condition

    The prints from the Konjaku kabuki meiyu series comprising:
    i. Ichikawa Danjuro V in the role of Kagekiyo, one of the juhachiban or eighteen roles restricted to the Ichikawa family, from the play Hatsuakinai omise Soga, performed at the Nakamuraza 1/1767. Signed Nanaju-hassai Toyokuni ga, engraved by Choko Ryuzan and seal dated 7/1863

    ii. Ichikawa Ebizo V in the role of Musashibo Benkei, from the play
    Kanjincho, performed at the Kawarazakiza 9/1852. Signed Toyokuni ga, engraved by Choko Ryuzan and seal dated 4/1860

    iii. Ichikawa Ebizo V in the role of Usui Kotaro Sadamitsu. Signed
    Toyokuni ga, engraved by Choko Ryuzan and seal dated 7/1863

    iv. Ichikawa Danjuro VIII in the role of Sukeroku, from the play Sukeroku kuruwa momo-zakura, performed at the Nakamuraza
    3/1844. Signed Toyokuni ga, engraved by Choko Ryuzan and seal dated 3/1860

    v. Matsumoto Koshiro V in the role of Banzuin Chobei, from the play Soga choe, performed at the Nakamuraza 1/1837. Signed Nanaju-hassai Toyokuni ga, engraved by Choko Ryuzan and seal dated 7/1863

    vi. Nakamura Nakazo I as Ryoshi Fukashichi. Signed Nanaju-hassai Toyokuni ga, engraved by Choko Ryuzan and seal dated 7/1863

    vii. Arashi Hinasuke I as Fujiwara Jihei. Signed Nanaju-hassai Toyokuni ga, engraved by Choko Ryuzan and seal dated 7/1863

    viii. Arashi Hinasuke II as Ishikawa Goemon. Signed Nanaju-hassai Toyokuni ga, engraved by Choko Ryuzan and seal dated 7/1863

    ix. Segawa Kikunojo III and Kuzunoha Kitsune. Signed Nanaju-hassai Toyokuni ga, engraved by Choko Ryuzan and seal dated 7/1863

    x. Arashi Rikaku II as Genkuro Kitsune, from the play Yoshitsune
    senbonzakura
    , performed at the Kawarazakiza 4/1853. Signed Toyokuni ga, engraved by Choko Ryuzan and seal dated 3/1860

    xi. Sukedakaya Takasuke II as Karaki Masaemon. Signed Nanaju-hassai Toyokuni ga, engraved by Choko Ryuzan and seal dated 7/1863

    xii. Bando Mitsugoro III as Kudo Ishiemon Hirotsune. Signed Nanaju-hassai Toyokuni ga, engraved by Choko Ryuzan and seal dated 7/1863

    xiii. Hagino Isaburo II as Otogawa Katsumoto. Signed Nanaju-hassai
    Toyokuni ga
    , engraved by Choko Ryuzan and seal dated 7/1863

    xiv. Ichikawa Ebijuro I as Asamazaemon Teratsune. Signed Nanaju-hassai Toyokuni ga, engraved by Choko Ryuzan and seal dated 7/1863

    xv. Sawamura Sojuro V as Kan Shojo, from the play Sugawara denju tenarai kagami. Signed Toyokuni ga, engraved by Choko Ryuzan and seal dated 3/1860

    xvi. Sawamura Sojuro III as Oboshi Yuranosuke, from the play Kanadehon Chushingura. Signed Nanaju-hassai Toyokuni ga, engraved by Choko Ryuzan and seal dated 7/1863

    xvii. Nakamura Utaemon III as Gotobyoe Moritsugu. Signed Nanaju-hassai Toyokuni ga, engraved by Choko Ryuzan and seal dated 7/1863

    xviii.Nakamura Utaemon IV as Kumagae Naozane, from the play Gempei sakiwake tsutsuji, performed at the Nakamuraza 5/1845. Signed Toyokuni ga, engraved by Choko Ryuzan and seal dated 3/1860

    xix. Nakamura Utaemon IV as Matsuomaru, from the play Sugawara Denju tenarai kagami. Signed Nanaju-hassai Toyokuni ga, engraved by Choko Ryuzan and seal dated 7/1863

    xx. Onoe Kikugoro III as Nakasaina Sonja, from the play Shingoku ichi tsui no kuromono. Signed Nanajukyusai Toyokuni ga, engraved by Choko Ryuzan and seal dated 10/1864

    xxi. Onoe Kikugoro III as Tenjiku Tokubei, from the play Osono gozen, performed as the Ichimuraza 9/1855. Signed Toyokuni ga, engraved by Choko Ryuzan and seal dated 3/1860

    xxii. Onoe Kikugoro IV as Sendai Hagi Masuoka, from the play Konoshita kage masago no datezome, performed at the Ichimuraza 9/1855. Signed Toyokuni ga, engraved by Choko Ryuzan and seal dated 3/1860

    xxiii.Onoe Tamizo II as the Yakko Ranpei. Signed Yoshitora ga, engraved by Choko Ryuzan and seal dated 10/1862

    xxiv. Morita Kanya XI as Saito Tarozaemon, from the play Yoshitsune senbonzakura. Signed Toyokuni ga, engraved by Choko Ryuzan and seal dated 3/1860

    xxv. Ichimura Takenojo as Abe no Homei. Signed Toyokuni ga, engraved by Choko Ryuzan and seal dated 10/1862

    xxvi. Bando Shuka I as Hashimotoya, from the play Kasanetsuna uru sayogime, performed at the Ichimuraza 3/1852. Signed Toyokuni ga, engraved by Choko Ryuzan and seal dated 3/1860

    xxvii. Kataoka Nizaemon VIII as Oboshi Yuranosuke, from the play Kanadehon chushingura, performed at the Nakamuraza 4/1860. Signed Toyokuni ga, engraved by Choko Ryuzan and seal dated 6/1860

    xxviii.Kataoka Nizaemon VIII as Kameya Chubei, from the play Yoshitsune senbonzakura, performed at the Kawarazakiza in 4/1853. Signed Toyokuni ga, engraved by Choko Ryuzan and seal dated 3/1860

    xxix. Arashi Rikan III as Ryoshi Namiroku, from the play Shiranui monogatari, performed at the Kawarazakiza 2/1853. Signed Toyokuni ga, engraved by Choko Ryuzan and seal dated 3/1860

    xxx. Bando Kamezo as Konoshita Tokichi. Signed Toyokuni ga, engraved by Choko Ryuzan and seal dated 3/1860

    xxxi. Bando Hikosaburo V as Ono no Michizane, from the play Ono Michizane aoyagi suzuri, performed at the Nakamuraza 7/1863. Signed Nanaju-hassai Toyokuni ga, engraved by Choko Ryuzan and seal dated 7/1863

    xxxii. Sawamura Tanosuke III as Nakao no Sokujo Yaegakihime. Signed Toyokuni ga, engraved by Choko Ryuzan and seal dated 4/1860

    xxxiii.Bando Hikosaburo V as Takeda Katsuyori. Signed Toyokuni ga, engraved by Choko Ryuzan and seal dated 4/1860

    xxxiv. Bando Hikosaburo V as Sasaki Takatsuna. Signed Nanaju-hassai Toyokuni hitsu, engraved by Choko Ryuzan and seal dated 2/1863
    xxxv. Bando Hikosaburo V as Yugimi Jikoku Daiyu. Signed Yoshitora ga, engraved by Choko Ryuzan and seal dated 3/1865

    xxxvi. Nakamura Shikan IV as Fujiya Izaemon. Signed Toyokuni ga, engraved by Choko Ryuzan and seal dated 4/1860
    xxxvii.Nakamura Shikan III as Shimizu no Kosode Wakamaru. Signed Toyokuni ga, engraved by Choko Ryuzan and seal dated 3/1860
    xxxviii. Nakamura Fukusuke as Inuma Katsugoro. Signed Yoshitora ga, engraved by Choko Ryuzan and seal dated 10/1862

    xxxix. Ichimura Uzaemon XIII as Tobimono Omatsuri Shashichi. Signed Nanaju-hassai Toyokuni hitsu, engraved by Choko Ryuzan and seal dated 2/1863
    xl. Ichimura Uzaemon XIII as Yoshikado Heitaro. Signed Nanaju-hassai Toyokuni hitsu, engraved by Choko Ryuzan and seal dated 2/1863
    xli. Onoe Kikujiro II as Takiyashahime. Signed Toyokuni ga, engraved by Choko Ryuzan and seal dated 10/1862
    xlii. Ichikawa Ichizo III as Iwami Jutaro, from the play Fukushu ama no hashidate, performed at the Moritaza 7/1860. Signed Yoshitora ga, engraved by Choko Ryuzan and seal dated 10/1862
    xliii. Ichikawa Ichizo III as Kakuketsu Saisaburo, from the play Takurabete tsuma hak'kei, performed at the Moritaza 5/1862. Signed Nanaju-hassai Toyokuni hitsu, engraved by Choko Ryuzan and seal dated 4/1862
    xliv. Sawamura Tosho II as Sasaki Gennosuke. Signed Nanaju-hassai Toyokuni hitsu, engraved by Choko Ryuzan and seal dated 2/1863
    xlv. Onoe Eizaburo as Akoya. Signed Nanaju-hassai Toyokuni hitsu, engraved by Choko Ryuzan and seal dated 9/1863

    xlvi. Iwai Kumesaburo III as Yaoya-musume Oshichi, from the play Sannin kichiza kuruwa no hatsukai, performed at the Ichimuraza 1/1860. signed Toyokuni ga, engraved by Choko Ryuzan and seal dated 3/1860
    xlvii. Kawarazaki Gonjuro as Jiraiya, from the play Jiraiya gonichi monogatari, performed at the Kawarazakiza 5/1855. Signed Yoshitora ga, engraved by Choko Ryuzan and seal dated 10/1862
    xlviii.Iwai Kumesaburo III as Miuraya Agemaki. Signed Nanaju-hassai Toyokuni, engraved by Choko Ryuzan and seal dated 2/1863
    xlix. Kawarazaki Gonjuro I as Misuji no Tsunagoro. Signed Toyokuni ga, engraved by Choko Ryuzan and seal dated 4/1860
    l. Arashi Hinasuke VI as Odate Samanosuke, from the play Kanzen chowaku nozoki karakuri, performed at the Moritaza 8/1862. Signed Nanaju-hassai Toyokuni hitsu, engraved by Choko Ryuzan and seal dated 7/1863
    li. Kawarazaki Gonjuro I as Sano Genzaemon. Signed Nanaju-hassai Toyokuni ga, engraved by Choko Ryuzan and seal dated 7/1863
    lii. Bando Mitsugoro V as Shindozaemon-musume Yushide. Signed Yoshitora ga, engraved by Choko Ryuzan and seal dated 10/1862
    liii. Ichikawa Kyuzo as Katana Kaji Dankuro. Signed Nanaju-hassai Toyokuni hitsu, engraved by Choko Ryuzan and seal dated 9/1863
    liv. Seki Sanjuro III as Kyogoku Takumi. Signed Toyokuni ga, engraved Choko Ryuzan and seal dated 3/1860
    lv. Ichikawa Danzo V as Kakogawa Honzo. Signed Toyokuni ga, engraved by Choko Ryuzan and seal dated 3/1860
    lvi. Ichikawa Kodanji as Tennichi, from the play Azuma kudari gojusan tsugi, performed at the Kawarazakiza 8/1854. Signed Toyokuni ga, engraved by Choko Ryuzan and seal dated 3/1860
    lvii. Ichikawa Kodanji IV as Takeichi Jubei Mitsuhide, performed at the Moritaza 5/1862. Signed Yoshitora ga, engraved by Choko Ryuzan and seal dated 10/1862
    lviii. Otani Tomoemon III as Adachi Motoemon, from the play Matsuomaruji tenka chayamura, performed at the Nakamuraza 7/1835. Signed Yoshitora ga, engraved by Choko Ryuzan and seal dated 7/1863
    lix. Ichikawa Sadanji I as Nobuda Kotaro Toshiyuki, from the play Chobanzai Soga batodai, performed at the Nakamuraza 1/1865. Signed Yoshitora ga, engraved by Choko Ryuzan and seal dated 2/1865

    lx. Ichikawa Fukutaro as Aburaya-musume Osen, from the play Shinpan ukina no yomiura, performed at the Moritaza 5/1862. Signed Yoshitora ga, engraved by Choko Ryuzan and seal dated 6/1862


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    LITERATURE
    Kojima Usui, Sansei Utagawa Toyokuni okubi yakusha-e shu (Tokyo
    1930)
    Suzuki Juzo, "Kunisada, Kuniyoshi, Eisen", Ukiyo-e taikei Vol X
    (Tokyo 1974)
    Suzuki Juzo, Konjaku kabuki meiyu, (Riccar Museum, 1977)

    According to the brief biography of Kunisada found on a diptych memorial portrait of Kunisada by Kunichika, written by Kanagaki Robun using his pseudonym Yugyodojin Tonami, Kunisada planned a series of one hundred and fifty okubi-e portraits of actors past and present, which would serve as a monument to his career. Only the most expensive materials were used and the finest engraver's and printers employed.

    Sadly Kunisada died before completion of the project and only seventy-two prints are known of which twelve are by Yoshitora, who joined Kunisada in working on the project in 1862. The earliest of the prints date from 1860. In addition two proof prints for unpublished prints portraying Arashi Sanpachi and Osagawa Tsuneyo are extant, as are preparatory drawings for two more, portraits of Ichikawa Omezo as Danshichi Kurobei and Iwai Hanshiro III as Mikazuki Osen.

    All of the actor portraits bearing Kunisada's signature gave their performances during his lifetime and in most cases Kunisada used his own prints to serve as a model. There are some notable exceptions, however, in which Kunisada employs prints by Toyokuni I. Unlike his series of actor portraits on the same theme published ten years earlier Kunisada appears to restrict himself to Toyokuni as his model. In the earlier series artists of the Katsukawa school and even Sharaku are recruited to serve as the basis of the designs.

    In style the prints are reminiscent of the chuban okubi-e of Osaka but it is rare for the prints of this type to be composed on such a monumental scale. That Kunisada's prints influenced the next generation of artists can be seen in the Meiji period okubi-e of Yoshitoshi and Kunichika

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