Artist: Shunbaisai Hokuei (春梅斎北英)

Print: Seki Sanjūrō II (関三十郎) as Inukawa Gakuzō (犬川額蔵) - left panel of a diptych

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Dates: 1836,created
Dimensions: 10.25 in,14.75 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: Japanese woodblock print

Signed: Shunbaisai Hokuei ga
Publisher seal: Honya Seishichi
(Marks 123 - seal 25-527)

Related links: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston - full diptych; Tokyo Metropolitan Library - same panel; Tokyo Metropolitan Library - right panel; Hankyu Culture Foundation;

Physical description:

The play represented in this print was first performed in 1836. Written by Nishizawa Ippō (西沢一鳳: 1802-52) it was based on the earlier work of Takizawa Bakin (1767-1848) and his Nansō Satomi hakkenden or 'Satomi and the Eight Dogs' published between 1814-42.

The inu of the name of this character, Inukawa, means 'dog'.


This is the left panel of a diptych that help commemorate a performance of the play Hana no Ani Tsubomi no Yatsufusa (花魁莟八総) at the Naka Theater in 1/1836.


Illustrated in:

1) Kamigata Yakusha Shusei, vol. 2, 1998, #375.
2) Schätze der Kamigata: Japanische Farbholzschnitte aus Osaka 1780-1880, MNHA (Musée national d'histoire et d'art Luxembourg), p. 14, #4. (Showing the full diptych in color.)


There is an unidentified collector's seal next to signature.

There is also an Osaka diptych in the Lyon Collection based on this same play. That one is also by Hokuei and is found at #804.