Comments - Terrific double portrait from the popular kabuki play "Sukeroku," which tells the story of a young otokodate or street knight named Sukeroku. Here the lovely courtesan Agemaki meets with her sweetheart Sukeroku. The beauty smiles down at him, her open lips revealing tiny white teeth. She wears a striking kimono patterned with large chrysanthemum blossoms, tied with an obi featuring a carp leaping up a waterfall. Sukeroku stares up at her over his shoulder, a sash tied rakishly around his head. Interestingly, this print is a reworking of an 1860 design from Toyokuni III's series "Thirty-six Views of Mt. Fuji from the Eastern Capital," with the background changed. A wonderful design with large figures and a handsome composition. Nicely detailed with embossing on the white kimono collar, and burnishing on his black kimono.
Artist - Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)
Image Size - 14" x 9 3/8" + top margin as shown
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Slight creasing and soiling, a few marks. Please see photos for details.
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