- Nakamura Fukusuke and Onoe Kikugoro (Kabuki Actors) -

Kunisada Utagawa III

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Fine Ukiyo-e print "Kabuki Actor: Nakamura Fukusuke" (right side) and "Kabuki Actor: Onoe Kikugoro" (left side) are by Utagawa Kunimasa IV (Utagawa Kunisada III) (1848–1920).  They are from the famous Kabuki play " Yoshitsune Senbon zakura" (Yoshitune's one thousand Cherry blossoms trees). Originally they are triptych, however, they are only two prints.  The title "Nakamura Fukusuke as Minamoto Yoshitsune" and "Onoe Kikugoro as Kitsune Tadanobu" on the upper left of the image (each). Artist's signature "Baido Kunimasa hitsu" on the upper right of the Nakamura Fukusuke print. Date "Meiji", artist (painter) "Takeuchi Eikyu" (Kunimasa's real name), and publisher "Hasegawa Sonokichi"  on the left of the image on the Onoe Kikugoro print. They are rare and beautiful Ukiyo-e prints with amazing colors. 

Utagawa Kunisada III (1848–1920) was an ukiyo-e printmaker of the Utagawa school, specializing in yakusha-e (pictures of kabuki actors). He originally signed his prints “Kunimasa" or "Baidō Kunimasa". 

Technique: Woodblock
Print size: 9 and 3/4 inches wide x 14 and 5/8 inches tall (24.5 x 37cm) each
Printed: Meiji 10  (1877)
Signed: "Baido Kunimasa histu" on the upper right of the image of the Nakamura Fukusuke print.
Condition: Overall good condition
Nakamura Fukusuke print - Very good condition. No backing. Some paper creases as shown.

Onoe Kikugoro print - Good condition. No backing. Some paper crease and a few holes which are hardly noticeable unless it is pointed out.  Please see the last picture. 

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