12 - 13 July 2005
Utagawa Kunisada (1786-1865)
Two designs from the rare and highly unusual series Joruri zukushi [Joruri Libretti] of ten contemporary beauties compared with the heroines of the famous double-suicide plays, with the backgrounds composed of the libretto's dialogue for the chanted narrative of the star-crossed lovers, signed Kochoro Kunisada ga, published by Iseya Rihei, with kiwame seal, very good impression, colours and condition
Oban tate-e: 37 x 25cm. each (2)
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For other designs from this series see Sebastian Izzard, Kunisada's World (London, 1993), p. 130-133.
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