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Utagawa Kunimasa IV Actor Print
Daikokuya Kinzaburo, Book Condition: Very Good, Illustrated By: Utagawa Kunimasa IVArtist: Utagawa Kunimasa IV 1848-1920. Series/Title: Unserialized actor print. Size: HxW 14 x 9.4 inches, each of three panels of a triptych. Oban tate-e. Date: Date seal is present but does not correspond to any listings in Andreas Marks. This probably indicates a date after 1875. Signed: Kunimasa hitsu. Publisher: Uncertain but believed to be Daikokuya Kinzaburo. Seal name Dai. Flourished 1863 to 1881 [or 1887]. Colors: Excellent colors, somewhat understated but not much faded. Principal colors are four shades of blue, and a rust red. Secondary colors include ecru, beige and gray-green. Condition: Margins are fully trimmed. Washi [?] paper. Unbacked. The three panels are carefully pasted together from the reverse side along either vertical edge of the center sheet. Minor tape residue observed at the top edge of the reverse of sheets, rather trivial. A ½ inch worm hole at the very top of each sheet, professionally backed. Also a similar backed worm hole 1/3 of way down seam between left and center sheets. Almost no soiling. Very Good as to impression. The lines are reasonably clean and clear, neither crisp nor mushy, suggesting a pull neither early nor late. Overall rated Very Good. Comments: Originally born Takenouchi Hidehisa, the artist used multiple go (artist names) during his career including Baido Hosai, Baido Kunimasa, Kochoro, Kunimasa IV, Kunisada III and Toyokuni V. Early in his career he used the go Kunimasa IV and Baido Hosai. In 1889 he succeeded as head of the Utagawa line and took the go Kunisada III. Later in his career he claimed the title Toyokuni IV, but that go was already taken (a fact that he refused to recognize), so he is referred to as Toyokuni V. Featuring the actors Bando Mitsugoro at right, Nakamura [first name undecipherable] at center, and [?] ____Nosuke at left.
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