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KIYOMITSU I, Torii
(1735 - 1785)

The actors Sawamura Sojuro II (1713-70) as Yorimasa and
Ichimura Uzaemon IX (1725-85) as Makomo no Mae

Signed:                    Torii Kiyomitsu ga.
Publisher:               Nishimura-ya Yohachi ('Eijudo')
Date:                       1767
Technical:               two-color print (beni-zuri-e)
Size:                        hosoban (c. 28.6 x 13.5 cms / c. 11 1/4" x 5 1/4")



Condition:
FINE impression; fading to colors (as usually met with in
color prints from this early period of ukiyo-e, commonly
called the Primitive Period; restored hole at bottom
right, toning, backed; still good overall condition.
Very RARE.

ref. no.:              # 732931
Price:                 € 1,650.00
Print from very shortly before the advent of full color printing: the period when woodblock prints were printed with two (as here) or three colors. - "As titular head of the Torii family Kiyomitsu carried on the duties of producing actor prints, billboards, and playbills for the Edo theatres ...  Most of his single-sheet prints are two- and three-color prints published from the late 1750s to the early 1770s ...  His output was great, and he had many pupils." (Quotes taken from Howard A. Link; 1980; see below)

Provenance:
Former Spaulding collection;
then sold at the American Art Galleries (auction house) sale on 16 NOV 1921, lot #17, to Charles H. Pepper. -
At a later date property of a New York Museum.

Recommended literature:
Howard A. Link, The Theatrical Prints of the Torii Masters; Honolulu/Tokyo, 1977.
Howard A. Link, Primitive Ukiyo-e from the James A.Michener Collection; Honolulu, 1980.

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