Shunkōsai Hokushū (春好斎北洲) (artist ca 1808 – 1832)
Ichikawa Hakuen II (市川白猿) as Saeda Masazaemon (早枝政右衛門)
10 in x 14.75 in (Overall dimensions) Japanese woodblock print
Signed: Shunkōsai Hokushū ga
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
National Museum of Asian Art
Hankyu Culture Foundation
Royal Museums of Art and History, Belgium (via Cultural Japan)
Minneapolis Institute of Art This is the left panel of a diptych. The right panel is by Shigeharu. Ichikawa Danjūrō VII performed under the name Hakuen while in Osaka in 1829-30. Danjūrō had traveled there because the theaters in Edo had burned. Here he is shown dressed in the formal wear of a samurai, including a stiff overrobe (kataginu) decorated with a dragon, cloud, and stylized lightning-bolt motif, and long trousers (nagabakama). The costume is linked to the role of Saeda Masazaemon in Keisei setsugekka ('Snow, moon, and flowers in the pleasure quarters').... https://collections.artsmia.org/art/136546/actor-ichikawa-hakuen-ii-hokushu "Danjūrō's haiku, 'Ichikawa dai-me Hakuen,' is rendered in the actor's distinctive handwriting:
haru zo yakusha mo
A farewell performance -
so what! This spring, it seems,
actors, too, get an extra month!
Another version of this print in the Ikeda Bunko Collection includes the same poem, but with a different headnote by the actor, mentioning that he was scheduled to perform this role twice."
[Translation by John T. Carpenter]
This information comes from Masterful Illusions: Japanese Prints in the Anne van Biema Collection, p. 164.
This print in the collection of the National Museum of Asian Art differs in the text in the upper right and should be used for comparison. That copy shows both the publisher's seal for Tenmaya Kihei and the carver Kasuke.
There is another collaborative diptych by Kunihiro and Shigeharu in the Lyon Collection, #415. It, too, shows a scene from this play, but has a whole different feel.
The text on the print in the Lyon Collection reads:
ふたゝひ二のかわりに難有も出勤して 名残何に春そ役者も閏う哉 市川七代目白猿 (JSV)
The example in the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston shows a publisher's seal for Honsei and a carver's seal for Kasuke. this example in the Lyon Collection does not have those seals. (JSV)
1) in black and white in The Legacy of Japanese Printmaking/Le Rayonnement de l'estampe Japonaise by Barry Till, the Art Gallery of Victoria, 1986, pl. #36. [There are two Hokushū prints listed in this catalogue as #36.]
2) in color - the whole diptych - in Schätze der Kamigata: Japanische Farbholzschnitte aus Osaka 1780-1880, MNHA (Musée national d'histoire et d'art Luxembourg), p. 197, #419. This catalogue identifies this figure as Hayaeda Masaemon.
actor prints (yakusha-e - 役者絵) (genre)
Kyōto-Osaka prints (kamigata-e - 上方絵) (genre)
Ichikawa Hakuen II (二代目市川白猿) (actor)