Thomas French Fine Art
Utagawa Kunisada (1786-1865)
Yoshiwara courtesan Urazato is in love with her client, Tokijiro, which is strictly forbidden. Tokijiro runs up such a bill he cannot pay it, so the brothel owner, Yamana-ya, banishes Tokijiro, and forbids Urazato from seeing her lover. Despite this, one snowy evening, Urazato goes into the garden to meet Tokijiro, but is discovered and beaten by her employer. It is only later that Tokijiro is able to rescue both Urazato and his child, the young apprentice Midori.
Far right: Seki Sanjuro as the brothel owner, Yamana-ya, with the raised club, and his apprentice, Midori, played by Bando Mitsugoro
Middle: The bound courtesan Urasato of the Yamana-ya, as played by Wakai Kumesaburo
Left: the hero Kasuga-ya Tokijiro, as played by Nanamura Fukusuke.
Fresh colors. A very good early impression with overprinting of red cartouches
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