Utagawa Toyokuni I (初代歌川豊国) (artist 1769 – 02/24/1825)

Bandō Mitsugorō III (坂東三津五郎) as Mitsugatsuji (三ヶつ地) Tsurunosuke (鶴之介) from the play Sugata no Hana Azuma no Date-zome [姿花江戸伊達染]

Print


1812
10.25 in x 15.125 in (Overall dimensions) Japanese woodblock print

Signed: Toyokuni ga (豊国画)
Publisher: Suzuki Ihei
(Marks 502 - seal 04-028)
Gyōji censor's seal: Yamatō (Yamashiroya Tōemon)
Ritsumeikan University
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston - the left-hand panel mate to this print
British Museum

As noted above this print illustrates a figure in the play Sugata no Hana Azuma no Date-zome which was performed at the ichimura-za in the 3rd month of 1812. This appears to be the right-hand panel of a diptych. The left panel shows Sawamura Sōjūrō IV as the wrestler Narukami Katsunosuke. [To see a copy of that print click on the link to the Museum of Fine Arts above.]
actor prints (yakusha-e - 役者絵) (genre)
Bandō Mitsugorō III 三代目坂東三津五郎 (actor)
Suzuki Ihei (鈴木伊兵衛) (publisher)
sumō (相撲) (genre)