Katsukawa Shunsho woodblock print

Katsukawa Shunsho, 1726-1792

the actor Osagawa Tsuneyo II in an unidentified role

the onnagata wearing a black outer-robe decorated with orange, pink and light grey roundels, pauses before a striped yellow and grey curtain of the type used to create an enclosure while flower-viewing; unsigned, with artist's seal Hayashi in jar-shaped (tsubo) cartouche, ca. 1785-86

hosoban 12 3/4 by 5 7/8 in., 32.5 by 15 cm

Osagawa Tsuneyo II (1753-1808) in his time was considered one of the three best waka onnagata (young female roles) actors. His dancing skills were particularly well-regarded.

For a discussion regarding dating unsigned Shunsho prints with the artist's tsubo seal, see Clark & Ueda, The Actor's Image: Print Makers of the Katsukawa School, p. 286-287, no. 103; and for comparison with a 1788 Shunsho print of Nakayama Tomisaburo I (1760-1819) in very similar garb and possibly the same role, see p. 442, no. 531.



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