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Archive: Sadamasu 貞升 (Kunimasu 國升)

Description:
Nakamura Utaemon IV as Inuyama Dôsetsu in Hana no ani tsubomi no yatsufusa, unknown Theater, Osaka, possibly mitate (imaginary performance); Series: Chûyû hakkenden
Signature:
Sadamasu ga
Seals:
Two red seals in left margin (unread)
Publisher:
No seal
Date:
Circa late 1840s-early 1850s
Format:
(H x W)
Ôban deluxe edition
25.6 x 18.6 cm
Impression:
Excellent
Condition:
Excellent color; very good condition (unbacked; metallics; uneven light toning visible only in margins and top left corner of cartouche; tiny mark on left cheek)
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Comments:
Background

Inuyama Dôsetsu was one of the eight "dog warriors," based on Kyokutei (Takizawa) Bakin's celebrated epic yomihon novel, Nanô Satomi hakkenden ("Tale of the Eight Dogs of the House of Satomi"; serialized 1814-42).

Design

This is possibly a mitate (imaginary performance depiction. Series: Chûyû hakkenden ("Biography of Eight Loyal and Brave Dogs"); a most impressive design by Sadamasu.