Woodblock print representing a kabuki actor with his apprentice , there is a poem on the top .
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This woodblock represent a kabuki actor samurai and his young apprentice .
The poem on the top can be understand as :
年の初め乃 (beggining oif the year )/toshi no hajime no
言の葉ろ(leave of words )/kot no ha ni
花を栄える(prosperious flowers)/hana o sakaeru
千金化春 (fortune for this new year )/senkin no haru.
Yoshikatsu Utagawa 歌川 芳勝 , date of birth and death are unkown ,he was a student of Kuniyoshi Utagawa. His real family name is Ishiwatari and his nickname is Shosuke or Yusuke.. He was before a Soja sauce seller for the shogunat , but he lost his job and start to work with kuniyoshi sensei i. His period of works was between koka 弘化 and Ansei 安政 (1845-1859).
|era||edo period 1603-1867|
|signature||yoshikatsu utagawa 歌川 芳勝|