Ryūsai Shigeharu (柳斎重春) (artist 1802 – 1852)
Nakamura Utaemon III (中村歌右衛門) as Takechi Mitsuhide (武智光秀) - right panel of a diptych - from the play Matsushita Kaheiji renga hyōban [松下嘉平治連歌評判]
10 in x 14.375 in (Overall dimensions) Japanese woodblock print
Signed: Ryūsai Shigeharu ga
Publisher: Tenmaya Kihei
(Marks 536 - seal 21-193)
Prints of Japan - four prints from same scene by Ashiyuki
The British Museum - a crude kappazuri playbill for this same production in 1829
This play was still being performed by 1870 as can be seen in a Yoshitaki print in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
We can identify this figure as a member of the Akechi Mitsuhide's Toki clan by the bluebell emblems decorating his robes, even though they are a reddish color here. The bluebell or kikyō is referred to as the Platycodon grandiflorum in Latin.
This panel is situated to the right of a panel showing Arashi Rikan II as Mashira Hisayoshi.