This appears to be a preliminary drawing by Kyōsai for a painting of kyōgen (humorous dramatic) performance. The annotations are also in the artist’s hand, giving instructions how to color or finish off the drawings. The partial seal in the upper right corner is that of his pupil Mano Kyōtei (Yasokichi, 1874/5–1937) who assisted him on many projects and inherited many Kyōsai drawings.
Artist: Kawanabe Kyōsai (Japanese, 1831–1889)Date: 1881Medium: Set of two woodblock-printed books (one volume orihon, accordion-style); ink and color on paper
Accession: 2013.766a, bOn view in:Not on view