Original Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864) Japanese Woodblock Print
Ichikawa Kodanji IV as Masatada and Onoe Kikujiro II as Fujito, 1861
Series; Comparisons of Lovers, a Collection of Ballads
Comparisons of Lovers, a Collection of Ballads - Handsome double portrait from a Toyokuni III series pairing famous kabuki couples with "hauta," love songs that were popular during the Edo era. Each design features two expressive figures in moods ranging from happy or sad to angry or worried. The clothing and accessories are beautifully detailed, and some prints include deluxe publishing techniques such as embossing or burnishing. The title cartouche takes the form of a book in an upper corner, with the text of the ballad above the figures. An interesting design from this seldom seen series.
Artist - Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)
Image Size - 13 3/4" x 9 1/4" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Backed with paper. Slight toning. A few prints have a wormhole, repaired. Some prints have slight soiling or a couple small spots. Please see photos for details.