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Utagawa Hosai - Album of 50 Prints.
(circa1900). - 50 colour woodblock prints by Meiji artist Utagawa Hosai who also used the names Baidô Hosai and Kunisada III (1848-1920). Each portrait gives the name of the actor and role, along with the artist's signature (either "Hôsai" with toshidama seal of Utagawa studio or "Utagawa Hôsai" and seal). A series title is provided on the bottom, printed in a mechanical type sort of font (though probably woodblock carved and printed). Among the series titles the names of Tokyo theatres at which the performances took place, for example, Kabukiza shinkyôgen (New plays at the Kabukiza [theatre name]), Shintomiza shinkyôgen (New plays at the Shintomi Theatre). A few also give a series number. Attractive calligraphic title label laid down on upper cover reads Hosai ga [Hosai pictures].
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