Details: Two early 19th century prints of actors.
Utagawa Toyokuni (Japanese: 歌川豊国; 1769 in Edo – 24 February 1825 in Edo), also often referred to as Toyokuni I, to distinguish him from the members of his school who took over his gō (art-name) after he died, was a great master of ukiyo-e, known in particular for his kabuki actor prints. He was the second head of the renowned Utagawa school of Japanese woodblock artists, and was the artist who really moved it to the position of great fame and power it occupied for the rest of the nineteenth century.
1) Signed gototei kunisada ga” (五渡亭国貞画 ) Publisher Tsuruya Kinosuke with a
Kiwame seal showing the actor:Ichikawa Danjūrō VII
2) Title of work: “Relishes and Taichiki Onoeko Matsuke” Publisher Tsuruya Kinosuke with a Kiwame seal dated 1811.
Period: early 19th century.
Place of Origin: Japan
Condition: faded, very good and impression, soiled, rubbed, stained,
Art Subject: actors
Provenance: River Oaks, TN estate