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Artist: Utagawa Kunisada (歌川国貞) / Toyokuni III (三代豊国)

Print: Series title: The Five Chivalrous Commoners in Summer Kimono (Gonin otoko soroi no yukata - 五人男揃浴衣) - four of these panels shown here

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Dates: 1861,created
Dimensions: 9.75 in,14.25 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: color woodblock
Inscription:

Signed: Konomi ni makasete Toyokuni ga (From my own taste, Toyokuni painted)
任好豊国画 Publisher: Izutsuya Shōkichi (Marks 188 - seal 24-055)
Censor seal: aratame-date combined for 1861, 5th month
Carver: Horikō Shinchō

Related links: Indianapolis Museum of Art - Ichiemon print; Japan Arts Council - full set; Indianapolis Museum of Art - Kaminari Shōkurō print; Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford - two of the prints;

Physical description:

The Lyon Collection owns four sheets of this five-panel series of actors as otokodate by Toyokuni III.

Please note that the crest of each artist not only appears on their individual robes, but also in the decorations surrounding the title cartouche. For example, the print on the far right uses a tomo-e or triple comma motif.

1. The image on the far right is of Nakamura Shikan IV (四代目中村芝翫) as Kaminari Shōkurō (雷庄九郎). On his robe is an image of a fierce wolf, storm clouds and several lightning bolts.

2. Second from the right is Sawamura Tanosuke III (三代目沢村田之助) as Karigane Bunshichi (雁金文七). His robe shows geese in flight.

3. Second from left - Ichikawa Ichizō III (三代目市川市蔵) as Hotei Ichiemon (布袋市右衛門). His crest is made up of the seven sacred jewels. The largest element on his robe is a hat worn during a specific religious festival.

4. Far left - Kawarazaki Gonjūrō I (初代河原崎権十郎) as Gokuin Sen'emon (極印仙右衛門). This actor's mon of crossed mallets over a kanji character is repeated on his tenugui or hand-towel. The creature on his robe is a winged dragon over tumultuous waves.

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Some of these prints are also found in the collection of Ritsumeikan University, in the Museum für angewandte Kunst, Vienna and in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.