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Arashi Kichisaburō II (嵐吉三郎) as Tsukimoto Hajimenosuke (月本始之助)

Identifier: 1827 Hidekuni
Description:

Background

The plot of the kabuki play Keisei kakehashi monogatari (Story of a courtesan and a bridge over the gorge: けいせい棧物語) appears not to have survived. It was performed at the Naka no Shibai in Osaka.

Arashi Kitsusaburō II later used the stage name Rikan II.

Design

Kitsusaburō II performed two roles in this production, as Tsukimoto Hajimenosuke (月本始之助) shown here, and as Hyakusei Jūsaku (百姓十作).

The poem is signed by Kiyokuni, probably a member of the Jukōdō poetry circle and a pupil of Yoshikuni. The imagery used in the poem includes references to the tachibana (orange blossom: 橘), the crest (mon: 紋) of the actor Kitsusaburō (who also used the name Rikan II).

References: Osaka Prints by Dean Schwaab, no. 107; Kabuki nenpyōvol. 6, p. 156

This may be the only known print by this artist.

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There is another copy in black and white in Ukiyo-e Masterpieces in European Collection 5: Victoria and Albert Museum II, Kodansha, 1989, on page 192.

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