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Subject: Jitsukawa Enzaburō I as Hotei.

Date: 1849-2/1850

Signature: Kunimasu

Printer’s seal: suriko Sawada (partly trimmed).

Number: go (five)

Format: chūban

Private collection.

Until now only two prints of this set of five are known.

The role is one from the play Otokodate itsutsu karigane, but the portrayal most likely is a mitate, that is, not related to an actual performance.
Ichikawa Ebizō V, who is depicted on the second print of the set, stayed in Osaka until 2/1852 and then returned again 1/1853. This, combined with the appearance of the typically shaped bat-cartouche which is also present on two of the artist’s prints published 5/1850, makes it likely that the set was published in 1849 or in the first two months of 1850.