7 November 2007,
London, King Street
Price realised GBP 1,125
Estimate GBP 1,000 - GBP 1,500
Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1797-1861)
A shini-e [memorial portrait] of the immensely popular kabuki actor Ichikawa Danjuro VIII who committed suicide at the early age of 32 in 1854, the left-hand panels contain thirty-nine poems (proof of his tremendous popularity) set against a faint background of the seven flowers of autumn, signed Ichiyusai Kuniyoshi, seal Kuniyoshi; and twenty-four single-sheet shini-e of kabuki actors, various signatures etc, varying impressions, colours and condition
Oban tate-e triptych (25)
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For another impression of the triptych see Juzo Suzuki, Utagawa Kuniyoshi Exhibition Catalogue (Tokyo, 1996), no.131
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