12 - 13 July 2005
TOSHUSAI SHARAKU (fl. 1794-1795)
The actor Yamashita Kinsaku II in the role of Iwate Gozen, the wife of Abe no Sadato in the play Otokoyama O-edo no Ishizue performed at the Kiri theatre in 11/1794.
The actor crouches beneath a flowering plum tree, the sleeves of his green over-kimono have fallen from his shoulders, signed Sharaku ga, published by Tsutaya Juzaburo, kiwame seal
Hosoban: 31.5 x 14.5cm.
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Huguette Berès, Sharaku: Portraits D'Acteurs 1794-1795 (Paris, 1980), no. 53.
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The only other recorded impression of this very rare print is held by the Metropolitan Museum, New York.
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