Comments - Interesting kabuki scene from the kabuki play "Nezumi Komon Haru no Shingata" at the Ichimura Theater of a policeman arresting the young man Yokichi outside the Matsubaya house. The guard grabs him from behind, holding an iron truncheon to his neck as Yokichi frowns up at the beauty Matsubaya Matsuyama. She stares back at him with an alarmed expression, holding a curtain in one hand. At right, Matsubaya Bunzo takes hold of the end of her red obi, scowling and throwing his arm out at his side. From left, the actors are Ichikawa Kodanji IV as Yosobei's son Yokichi, unidentified actor as police officer, Onoe Kikugoro V as Matsubaya Matsuyama, and Kawarazaki Gonjuro I as Matsubaya Bunzo. A pine tree frames the night sky behind the group, and the black fence in the foreground is topped with sharpened bamboo poles. Nice expressive figures with soft shading in the background.
Artist - Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)
Image Size - 13 3/4" x 28"
Condition - This print with good detail as shown. Three separate panels. A few repairs and creases slight wrinkling in two panels. Please see photos for details.