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The actor Nakamura Shikan IV as the fisherman Fukashichi

  • Description

    This spectacular print shows the famous Osaka actor Nakamura Shikan IV (1831-1899). He was able to play almost any kind of role, whether brave heroes, evil villains or even beautiful heroines.

    Traditionally, woodblock prints showed full-length figures with minimal background details. From the 1790s, artists began to vary their designs to include half-length portraits and dramatically-cropped views of just the head and shoulders. The immediacy of these new-format prints brought fans much closer to their favourite stars.

  • Details

    A Girl Sacrificed at Imoseyama
    Associated place
    AsiaJapanHonshūKantōTōkyō prefecture Tōkyō (place of creation)
    AsiaJapanHonshūKantōTōkyō prefecture Tōkyō (place of publication)
    Toyohara Kunichika (1835 - 1900) (designer)
    Associated people
    Nakamura Shikan IV (1831 - 1899) (subject)
    Material and technique
    mount 55.5 x 40.3 cm (height x width)
    sheet 35.5 x 24 cm (height x width)
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    Presented by George Grigs, Miss Elizabeth Grigs, and Miss Susan Messer, in memory of Derick Grigs, 1971.
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