Utagawa (Ichiyūsai) Kuniyoshi (1797-1861)
Title: Onoe Kikugorō III as Usugomo with the cat-ghost Okabe.
Right part of the triptych The Lifetime of Onoe Kikugorō III
(Onoe Kikugorō ichidai banashi)
Signature: Ichiyūsai Kuniyoshi ga (一勇斎国芳画)
From the B. W. Robinson collection. This triptych commemorates a performance at the Ichimura Theater in the seventh month of 1847. The scene with the giant cat monster appears to take place in a dilapidated old temple.
This image is illustrated in color in 1) Ukiyoe Museums in Japan (Nihon no ukiyoe bijutsukan - 日本の浮世絵美術館), vol. 1, p. 36. That example is from the collection of the Sendai City Museum (仙台市博物館). This entry erroneously gives the wrong date for this triptych. They say it is 1887, which is clearly wrong.
Also illustrated in color in 2) 原色浮世絵大百科事典 (Genshoku Ukiyoe Daihyakka Jiten), vol. 1, p. 88.
And 3) in black and white in Chimi moryō no sekai : Ukiyoe : Edo no gekiga--reikai, makai no shujinkō-tachi (浮世絵魑魅魍魎の世界: 江戶の劇画 : 霊界魔界の主人公たち) by 中右瑛 (Nakau Ei), Ribun Shuppan, Tokyo, 1987, p. 81. [The text is entirely in Japanese.]
There is another copy of this triptych in the Worcester Art Museum.
Robinson, Kuniyoshi: The Warrior-Prints (1961), Serie 87; Heroes and Ghosts: Japanese Prints by Kuniyoshi 1797-1861 by Robert Schaap, p. 114.
Collection: Naprusuteku Museum; Metropolitan Museum of Art - center and right panels only; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston - center panel only; Waseda University - left panel; Waseda University - center panel; Waseda University right panel; Waseda University - center panel; Manggha Centre of Japanese Art and Technology, Krakow - right panel; National Gallery of Victoria; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Hankyu Culture Foundation - right panel; Hankyu Culture Foundation - center panel; Hankyu Culture Foundation - left panel;
MEDIUM OR TECHNIQUE
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper