Shunbaisai Hokuei (春梅斎北英) (artist )
The far left panels of a four panel composition: Nakamura Tomijūrō II (中村富十郎) as Gion Okaji (ぎおんおかじ) and Bandō Jūtarō I (坂東寿太郎) as Saitō Kuranosuke (斎藤蔵之助) - these are the two left panels of a tetraptych - from the play Keisei chigogafuchi (The Chigogafuchi Pool - けいせい稚児淵)
20.5 in x 15 in (Overall dimensions) Japanese woodblock print
Signed: Shunkōsai Hokuei ga
Publisher: Wataya Kihei
(Marks 579 - seal 12-008)
All four panels in the Lyon Collection
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston - the full tetraptych
Hankyu Culture Foundation - the far left panel
Hankyu Culture Foundation - the next panel in
These panels help commemorate a performance of Keisei chigogafuchi (The Chigogafuchi Pool) at the Kado Theater in Osaka in the first month of 1833.
Osaka Prints wrote about this play:
The Chigo Deeps (Chigo ga fuchi) of the play title Keisei chigogafuchi (A courtesan and deep water at Chigo: けいせい稚児淵) was located off the island of Enoshima. It was there in the twelfth century that a young temple page (chigo) named Shiragikumaru committed suicide rather than choose between two priests who vied for his love. Elements of this ancient tale were also adapted for the present play about the legendary sixteenth-century outlaw Ishikawa Goemon.
All four panels are illustrated in Ikeda Bunko, Kamigata yakusha-e shūsei (Collected Kamigata Actor Prints) Volume 2, Ikeda Bunko Library, Osaka 1998, no. 310, pp. 100-101.
Wataya Kihei (綿屋喜兵衛) (publisher)
actor prints (yakusha-e - 役者絵) (genre)
Kyōto-Osaka prints (kamigata-e - 上方絵) (genre)
Nakamura Tomijūrō II (二代目中村富十郎: 1/1833 to 2/1855) (actor)
Bandō Jūtarō I (初代坂東寿太郎: from 11/1825 to 12/1840) (actor)