Artist: Utagawa Toyokuni I (初代歌川豊国)

Print: Ichikawa Yaozō IV as Omuraya Denbei and Iwai Kumesaburō I (Iwai Tojaku) as the courtesan Oshun in the play Keisei byōbu ura (A Courtesan, the sea, a folding screen) at Nakamura-za, Edo

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Dates: July 1800,created
Dimensions: 9.5 in,14.625 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: Japanese woodblock print

Signed: Toyokuni ga
Publisher: Nishimuraya Yohachi (Marks 391 seal 01-008)
Censor seal: kiwame
Collector seal: "TLS" (Scheiwe) lower corner verso - faint

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Physical description: This impression is illustrated in color in Hempel, Holzschnittkunst Japans, 1963, #76. Performance listed in Kabuki Nenpyō, v. 5. pp 285-86

Synopsis: The Kyoto merchant Denbei loves the courtesan Oshun of the Gion quarter. One night, Denbei is forced to kill his rival in love, the evil samurai Kanzaemon, and then flee from the police. Oshun's family attempts to protect her from the scandal and the certainty that she and Denbei will take their own lives to atone for their illicit love, but they cannot overcome the lovers' devotion to one another. Denbei and Oshun finally escape along a road at night, and then commit double suicide.