Shunkōsai Hokushū (春好斎北洲) (artist ca 1808 – 1832)
Ichikawa Ebijūrō I (市川鰕十郎) as Katsura Chūnagon, actually Ise Shinkurō (桂中納言実は伊勢新九郎) on the right; Asao Gakujūrō I (浅尾額十郎) as Hosokawa Katsumoto (細川勝元); and Nakamura Utaemon III (中村歌右衛門) as Takahashi no Tsubone, actually Mino no Shōkurō (高はしの局実は美濃庄九郎) on the left
30.9 in x 14.74 in (Overall dimensions) Signed: Shunkōsai Hokushū ga
Publishers: Tenmaya Kihei (Marks 536 - seal 25-437)
and Yamaichi (Marks U438 - seal 02-036)
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
National Museum of Asian Art
Lyon Collection - another Hokushū print devoted just to Mino no Shōkurō
Lyon Collection - another Hokushū triptych of this play with only onnagata Mino no Shōkurō is one of three major protagonists in an early 18th century play which is very complex and confusing in its plot line. Each of these three main characters is looking for a lost family heirloom. Shōkurō's is a famous kettle called Cicada. Shinkurō's quest is for a precious sword.
This is a scene from the play Keisei Ōmonguchi ('The Great Gate of the Licensed Quarter' - けいせい廓大門) performed at the Kado Theater in 1823.
1) in Ikeda Bunko, Kamigata Yakusha-e Shusei (Collected Kamigata Actor Prints) Volume 1, Ikeda Bunko Library, Osaka 1997, no. 140.
2) in Schätze der Kamigata: Japanische Farbholzschnitte aus Osaka 1780-1880, MNHA (Musée national d'histoire et d'art Luxembourg), p. 13, #2.
Nakamura Utaemon III (三代目中村歌右衛門: from 1790 to 1/1836) (actor)
Ichikawa Ebijūrō I (初代市川鰕十郎 9/1815 to 7/1827) (actor)
Tenmaya Kihei (天満屋喜兵衛) (publisher)
Asao Gakujūrō I (初代浅尾額十郎: 1/1823 to 1833) (actor)
Yamaichi (山市) (publisher)