Woodcut in colors on wove paper, Signed 'Toyokuni ga' in toshidama cartouche with censor’s seals 'Fuku Muramatsu'; published by Tsujiokaya Bunsuke, 2/1852. From the Fifty-Three Stations along the T?kaid? with Visual Parodies of Actors, 1852.
13 3/4 x 9 1/2 in. (sheet). 20 7/8 x 16 3/4 in. (frame).
Kunisada’s T?kaid? (2013), #T63-04A, p. 117.
Peternolli & Guidi, Kunisada (Bologna, 2017) #47.
Osaka Castle Museum, Mitate no sekai (exh. Cat., 2004) #10.
Note: No. 2 in the series. The actor Matsumoto K?shir? (1764-1838) is presented as the chivalrous townsman Banzui Ch?bei. We see him after arriving in his palanquin at the execution ground near Shinagawa, where the handsome murderer Shirai Gonpachi is being attacked by a band of robbers. After Gonpachi defeats the robbers with his elegant swordsmanship, Ch?bei approaches Gonpachi and the two men become friends.Property from a Distinguished Gentleman, New York City