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Title

Actor Sawamurra Tanosuke III as the nun Seigen

1863


Artist

Utagawa KUNISADA /TOYOKUNI III

Japan

1786 - 1865


About

Print designers often reprised popular designs in order to keep up with demand. It is estimated that Kunisada’s studio produced 15 000 designs comprising 25 000 individual sheets, making him a staggeringly prolific designer. This print, depicting the actor Sawamura Tanosuke III (1845–78) in the role of the nun Seigen, is a reworking of an earlier design from 1852. It can be surmised from other published prints depicting Sawamura Tanosuke III in the same role that the play referred to here is 'Shirokurenai sakura no goshozome', which was performed at the Nakamura theatre in Edo in the third month of 1863. As is typical of other representations, the nun Seigen is portrayed with a tattered black outer robe and a straw hat.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, September 2011


Details


Other Title

Actor Sawamura Tanosuke in the role of Seigen Ama


Place where the work was made

Japan


Date

1863


Media category

Print


Materials used

colour woodblock print


Dimensions

37.5 x 25.6 cm


Signature & date

Signed: Nanajû hassai Toyokuni hitsu [painted by 78 year old Toyokuni]


Credit

Gift of Dr. James Hayes 2009


Location

Not on display


Accession number

250.2009


Artist information

Utagawa KUNISADA /TOYOKUNI III

Works in the collection

49


Place

Where the work was made
Japan

Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history