Publisher - Adachi from a rare series of Edo masterwork designs. Adachi publisher seal in margin or on reverse.
Adachi was one of the most respected publishers of the 20th century. Their woodblocks were printed to the highest standards with excellent color and fine detail. Founded in 1925, Adachi also chose interesting and varied subjects for their prints and was the only publisher of many famous old ukiyo-e images.
Comments - Interesting kabuki scene from the play "Yoritomo Gunbai Kagami" of the two lovers Wanya Kyubei and Matsuyama eloping. Ichimura Kamazo portrays the merchant Wanya, scowling unhappily as he holds an umbrella over the lovely courtesan Matsuyama, played by Nakamura Kiyosaburo. This is an example of a benizuri-e, a "crimson" print usually rendered in shades of pink and green. A nice image from the early years of color woodblock prints in a large format great for display.
Artist - Toyonobu (1711-1785)
Image Size - 17 3/4" x 12 3/8"
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. A few small spots. Please note: due to the large size, this print may be shipped rolled. Please see photos for details. Good overall.