Artist: Utagawa KUNISADATitle: Actors portraying characters of the popular Suikodennovel (see description below)Series: Kinsei Suikoden ('A modern Suikoden')Publisher: Ise-ya KanekichiDate: 1861Medium: Woodblock printSize: oban (c.15" x 10")The three prints from the series depict the actors, Bando Hikosaburo V as the outlaw Kirishima Tatugaro, an unidentified tattooed actor, as well as the actor Sawamura Tossho (from left to right). The prints are from the original edition of 1861.
Utagawa Kunisada (Toyokuni III) (1786-1865) was the most popular, prolific and financially successful designer of ukiyo-e woodblock prints in 19th-century Japan. In his own time, his reputation far exceeded that of his contemporaries, Hokusai, Hiroshige and Kuniyoshi.
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