Artist: Shunbaisai Hokuei (春梅斎北英)

Print: Arashi Rikan II as Danshichi Kurobei in the Night Murder Scene of the Play Mirror of Naniwa: The Summer Festival (Natsu matsuri Naniwa kagami)

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Dates: 1832,created
Dimensions: 10.0 in,14.75 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: Japanese color woodblock print

Signed: Shunkōsai Hokuei ga
Publisher: Kawaji
(Marks U127 - seal 25-104)
Carver: Kasuke

Related links: Edo-Tokyo Museum; Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts; Chiba City Museum of Art; Osaka Prints - Peter Ujilake discussion of the printing process for this print; Hankyu Culture Foundation;

Physical description:

In this writer's opinion this print is one of the finest examples of not only Osaka prints, but of all ukiyo-e.


Peter Ujilake wrote about a copy of this print: "The potency of this piece (which graces the cover of a major book by print scholar Roger Keyes) is due to many factors, but perhaps chief among them is the richness and density of the pitch black background, one of the hallmarks of Osaka printmaking."

See the Osaka Prints link about discussing an examination of the backside of this image.


Although it is barely visible in this image there is a text written in metallic ink in the dark area above the figure of Danshichi.See the cover of The Male Journey in Japanese Prints by Roger Keyes and the entry on pages 124-125 accompanied by a full-page, colored reproduction. The text in the Achenbach Foundation is legible.


Also illustrated in:

1) color in Designed for Pleasure: The World of Edo Japan in Prints and Paintings - 1680-1860 edited by Julia Meech and Jane Oliver, p. 185, 2008.

This example is from the Mann Collection, Highland Park, Illinois.

2) in color in 原色浮世絵大百科事典 (Genshoku Ukiyoe Daihyakka Jiten), vol. 1, p. 91.

3) in color in Ukiyoe Museums in Japan (Nihon no ukiyoe bijutsukan - 日本の浮世絵美術館), vol. 5, p. 146. This example is from the collection of the Ikeda Bunko Library.

4) in a small black and white reproduction in the Illustrated Catalogues of Tokyo National Museum: Ukiyo-e Prints (3), #3899.

5) in a full-page color reproduction in Impressions, no. 20, 1998, pl. 7.


There is another copy of this print in the Nationaal Museum van Wereldculturen, Leiden.