Kabuki actor woodblock print 役者絵 (yakusha-e) by Toshihide Migata 右田年英
Toshihide Migata 右田年英 (1862-1925), Japanese woodblock print of a kabuki actor 役者絵 (yakusha-e): Ichikawa Danjûrô IX (also known as Sanshô) is in the role of Ôkubo Hikozaemon 大久保彦左衛門.
Ôkubo Hikozaemon was the favourite minister and adviser of the Shogun Iyemitso. He is wearing a brown kimono with a orange and white line design, above which a green kataginu 肩衣 (sleeveless ceremonial vest) with a white karakusa design.
The print is from the series ‘Sanshō awase sugata’ 三升合姿 (A Comparison of Sanshô’s Performances and Poems). There are at up to 27 other prints in this series.
Dated: Meiji 26 明治廿六年 (Anno 1893).
Signed: Toshihide 年英
Sealed: ‘Toshihide’ 年英
In a very good original condition with a tiny hole in the upper left margin. Please look at the photos for a condition reference.
Height 36.3 cm, Width 24.8 cm.
Toshihide received his artistic name from his master, Yoshitoshi Tsukioka (1839-1892). He designed a wide variety of prints including actor prints, bijin-ga (prints of beautiful women), newspaper illustrations, kuchi-e (illustrations for novels) and senso-e of the Sino-Japanese (1894-1895) and Russo-Japanese (1904-1905) Wars. From 1887, like many of the woodblock artists who were trying to adapt to changes in art and publishing, he worked as an illustrator for books and newspapers, including a long stint with the Asahi Shinbun starting in 1897.