Gatōken Shunshi (画登軒春芝) (artist )
Onoe Tamizō II (尾上多見蔵) as the servant Hyakudohei (奴百?平)
10.25 in x 15 in (Overall dimensions) Japanese color woodblock print
Signed: Gatōken Shunshi ga
Publisher: Toshikuraya Shinbei
(Marks 539 - seal closest to 25-553)
British Museum - an 1823 Ashiyuki print of Fuku-maru in a similar pose
Philadelphia Museum of Art - 1826 Hokugan print of this actor in the same role
Osakaprints.com said of this print: "Although the actor's name and role are inscribed on this print, the play, theater, and date remain unconfirmed. One play we have seen suggested is Osanago no Katakiuchi (A child's revenge: 幼稚子敵討) performed at the Onishi Theater in 3 or 4/1826, but so far we have not been able to verify the role and actor in that particular production. The suggested range of years (1826-1828) derives from the style of printing and the appearance of the actor Tamizô."
Illustrated in Oska Prints by Dean Schwaab, page 128, where this print is illustrated in color.
The link to the similar Ashiyuki print at the British Museum relates to the play Katakiuchi Sozenji Baba performed at the Kado theater in the ninth month of 1823. It shows Ichikawa Ebijūrō I as Fuku-maru.
Onoe Tamizō II (二代目尾上多見蔵: 11/1820-1848; 1850-November, 1885) (actor)
Toshikuraya Shinbei (利倉屋新兵衛) (publisher)
actor prints (yakusha-e - 役者絵) (genre)
Kyōto-Osaka prints (kamigata-e - 上方絵) (genre)