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Artist: Shunkōsai Hokushū (春好斎北洲)

Print: Ichikawa Ebijūrō I (市川鰕十郎) as Yokanpei (与勘平) from the series A Collection of Temporary Fans (Uchiwa Tōsei Kurabe - 団扇当世競)

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Dates: 1824,created
Dimensions: 10.0 in,14.5 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: Japanese woodblock print
Inscription:

Signed: Shunkōsai Hokushū ga
春好斎北洲画
Publisher: Toshikuraya Shinbei
(Marks 539 - seal 25-553)
Location: left-hand side (左- hidari) seen in a circle
at the bottom

Related links: Waseda University; Hankyu Culture Foundation; Hankyu Culture Foundation - another copy without extra text; Lyon Collection - another copy of this print;

Physical description:

Van Doesburg notes that this series of four prints comes from an historical play, Kuzunsha. Original it was composed for the puppet theater. The earliest kabuki production was from the 1730s.

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This print commemorates a performance of the play Ashiya Dōman Ōuchi Kagami (蘆屋道満大内鏡).

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Illustrated:

1) In Ōsaka Kagami 大阪鏡 by Jan van Doesburg, no. 32.

2) In Ikeda Bunko, Kamigata yakusha-e shūsei (Collected Kamigata Actor Prints) Volume 1, Ikeda Bunko Library, Osaka 1997, no. 154.

3) In color in 原色浮世絵大百科事典 (Genshoku Ukiyoe Daihyakka Jiten), vol. 9, p. 119.

This print commemorates a performance at the Horie Ichinogawa Theater from the fifth month of 1824.

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The print at the Hankyu Culture Foundation has more text on it than the one in the Lyon Collection.

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There is a curious Hokushu in the collections of the British Museum and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. In those prints the figure is reversed: same pose, same coloration, but the actor in those cases is Nakamura Utaemon III as Yakanbei and is noted to be on the right-hand side (右) or migi.