Ichikawa Sadanji in the role of Sukeroku

Artist: Kawanabe Kyōsai 河鍋暁斎 (1831-1889)
Historical period(s)
Meiji era, 1884-1889
Hanging scroll; ink and charcoal on paper
H x W: 118.8 x 66.7 cm (46 3/4 x 26 1/4 in)
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Freer Gallery of Art Collection
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view

Hanging scroll

actor, Japan, Meiji era (1868 - 1912), portrait

Josiah Conder (1852-1920) [1]

To 1975
Helen A. Grut, Copenhagen, to 1975

From 1975
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from Helen A. Grut's Estate in 1975


[1] According to the object's record, the sketch was once owned by Josiah Conder, the artist's British pupil between 1881 and 1889 (see Curatorial Note 2, Y. Shimizu, 1983, in object record).

Previous Owner(s) and Custodian(s)

Estate of Helen A. Grut
Josiah Conder 1852-1920

Published References
  • Josiah Conder. Paintings and Studies by Kawanabe Kyosai: An illustrated and descriptive catalogue of a collection of paintings, studies, and sketches, by the above artist, with explanatory notes on the principles, materials, and technique, of Japanese painting. Tokyo. fig. 20.
Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
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