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Artist: Hasegawa Sadanobu I (初代長谷川貞信)

Print: Nakamura Utaemon IV (中村歌右衛門) in multiple roles
from the series Renowned Dance of Seven Changes
(Onagori shosagoto nanabake shichihenge no uchi - 御名残所作事七変化之内)

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Dates: 1838,created
Dimensions: 38.0 in,14.0 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: Japanese woodblock print
Inscription:

Signed: Hasegawa Sadanobu ga
長谷川貞信画
Seal: Tokubei
Publisher: Honya Seishichi (Marks 123 - seal 25-527)
and possibly another unidentified publisher's seal

Related links: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston - second print in from the right; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston - print on far right; Museum on Fine Arts, Boston - print on far left; Hankyu Culture Foundation - far left panel only; Hankyu Culture Foundation - far right panel only; Hankyu Culture Foundation - 2nd from left panel only; Hankyu Culture Foundation - 2nd from right panel only;

Physical description:

Four sheets from a set, complete: (from left to right)
Nakamura Utaemon IV a red Shōki (朱鍾馗)
Nakamura Utaemon IV as a tayū (太夫) or high ranking courtesan and a zatō (座頭) blind masseur
Nakamura Utaemon IV as Ōharame (大原女) and Narahira (なり平)
Nakamura Utaemon IV as Echigo jishi (越後獅子) or Echigo lion dancer and a jichō (仕丁) or palace servant

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"As the grand finale to his farewell performance, Utaemon IV presented a set of seven changes, of which the role of Shōki was the last. This was probably patterned on the performance of Utaemon III in 1829... Here, however, the artist has used metallic pigments - silver on the sword and brass on the figure - to offset the ethereal quality of the main figures, and the queller of demons grasps a delightful struggling demon, quite solidly printed with metallic details, by the throat. The print announces the farewell performance in the upper right."

Quoted from: Osaka Prints by Dean Schwaab, p. 181.

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Illustrated in Ikeda Bunko, Kamigata yakusha-e shūsei, vol. 3, Osaka, 2001, No 15.

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There is another copy of the second print in from the left in the Kansai University Library.