Ichikawa Sadanji II as Hishikawa Gengobei
By Yoshikawa Kanpo
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Edition size: 81/200
Sheet size: 42.3 by 27.7 cm
Price: $1800 (excl. taxes)
From "Kanpo’s Creative Prints, First Series"
with mica ground; dated Taisho juninen aki (Taisho 12 , autumn), and signed, KanpoSato Sho Han (Sato Shotaro), limited edition label numbered on verso, Shusatsu nihyaku mai zeppan Sato Shotaro Kaiban, Kyoto shi Nawate dori benzaiten cho dai hachijuichi go (200 limited edition, produced by Sato Shotaro, followed by the publisher's Kyoto address, print number 81).
dai oban tate-e 16 5/8 by 10 7/8 in., 42.3 by 27.7 cm
An okubi-e portrait of the actor wearing muted colors; he wears a black haori over a dark green plaid kimono with navy blue collar. His simple make-up highlights his eyes and the lines of his firmly shut mouth. The richly applied dark grey mica background is reminiscent of the prints of Toshusai Sharaku (fl. ca. 1794-95).
This design is the fourth from a series of six published by Sato Shotaro from 1922-1924 with the blocks carved by Maeda Kentaro and printed by Oiwa Tokuzo in limited editions of 200.