Artist: Shūshō (集升)

Print: Nakamura Shikan III as Ume no Yoshibei (梅ノ由衛) and Kataoka Gadō II as the decchi (apprentice - でっち) Chōkichi (長吉) in The Mirror of Loyalty and Filial Piety (Chūkō kagami - 忠孝鏡)

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Dates: 1847,created
Dimensions: 10.25 in,7.5 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: Japanese woodblock print

Signed: Shūshō (集升)

Related links: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston - an 1861 Toyokuni III print with an actor as the decchi Chōkichi; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston - an 1865 Yoshitaki diptych with these two characters; Hankyu Culture Foundation;

Physical description:

This commemorates a possible performance from the play Suda no haru geiko katagi (隅田春妓女容性), originally written by Namiki Gohei, at an unidentified theater in Osaka or it could be a a mitate.

Although Yoshibei can be identified by the name written in Japanese at the top of the print in the center, he is also wearing a robe with a flying cranes on it. Normally the flying birds are blackbirds, but here it is somewhat different for whatever reason.

A very rare design and most unusual format (chūban yoko okubi-e) by a pupil of Sadamasu (possibly using a pseudonym in the early days following the Tenpō Reforms ban on actor prints).


Illustrated in Ikeda Bunko, Kamigata Yakusha-e Shusei (Collected Kamigata Actor Prints) Volume 3, Ikeda Bunko Library, Osaka 2001, no. 237.