Actor Ôtani Hiroemon III as Hige no Ikyû
1764 (Hôreki 14/Meiwa 1), 2nd month
Artist Katsukawa Shunshô (Japanese, 1726–1792)
Clark et al., The Actor's Image (1994), list #64 and pl. 23
Hosoban; 32.6 x 14.5 cm (12 13/16 x 5 11/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
Left sheet of incomplete diptych. According to Clark, the diptych is the earliest known print designed by Shunshô and also the earliest known example of commercial full-color printing.
Play: Hitokidori Harutsuge Soga
Artist's seal: Rin (in jar shape)
December 1916, purchased by William S. and John T. Spaulding from Frank Lloyd Wright; December 1, 1921, given by William S. and John T. Spaulding to the Museum.
William S. and John T. Spaulding Collection