Actor Ôtani Hiroemon III as Hige no Ikyû

三代目大谷廣右衛門の髭の伊久

Japanese
Edo period
1764 (Hôreki 14/Meiwa 1), 2nd month
Artist Katsukawa Shunshô (Japanese, 1726–1792)


Catalogue Raisonné

Clark et al., The Actor's Image (1994), list #64 and pl. 23

Dimensions

Hosoban; 32.6 x 14.5 cm (12 13/16 x 5 11/16 in.)

Accession Number

21.4323

Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

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
Theater: Nakamura
人来鳥春告曽我(ひときどりはるつげそが)
 中村

Signed

(seal only)

Markings

Artist's seal: Rin (in jar shape)

Provenance

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.

Credit Line

William S. and John T. Spaulding Collection