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March 26, 2020 11:00 AM EDT Hudson - Warren St.


Utagawa Kunisada (1786-1864): The Actor Matsumoto Kōshirō V as Banzui Chōbei, Shinagawa Station

Woodcut in colors on wove paper, Signed 'Toyokuni ga' in toshidama cartouche with censor’s seals 'Fuku Muramatsu'; published by Tsujiokaya Bunsuke, 2/1852. From the Fifty-Three Stations along the Tōkaidō with Visual Parodies of Actors, 1852.

13 3/4 x 9 1/2 in. (sheet). 20 7/8 x 16 3/4 in. (frame).  

Kunisada’s Tōkaidō (2013), #T63-04A, p. 117.
Peternolli & Guidi, Kunisada (Bologna, 2017) #47.
Osaka Castle Museum, Mitate no sekai (exh. Cat., 2004) #10.

Note: No. 2 in the series. The actor Matsumoto Kōshirō (1764-1838) is presented as the chivalrous townsman Banzui Chōbei. We see him after arriving in his palanquin at the execution ground near Shinagawa, where the handsome murderer Shirai Gonpachi is being attacked by a band of robbers. After Gonpachi defeats the robbers with his elegant swordsmanship, Chōbei approaches Gonpachi and the two men become friends.


Minor fading and wear to the sheet edge. Otherwise apparently in good condition. Not examined out of frame.

Not withstanding this report or any discussion concerning condition of a lot, all lots are offered and sold "as is" in accordance with our conditions of sale.


Estimate: $200 - $300
Property from a Distinguished Gentleman, New York City
Hammer Price


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