Actor Ôtani Hiroji II as Satsumaya Gengobei
Kurahashi, "Color Fan Prints," in Ukiyo-e Art 166 (2013), fig. 2
Horizontal ôban; 28 x 39.9 cm (11 x 15 11/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (benizuri-e); ink and limited color on paper
Not On View
Play (second feature): Momo Chidori Kuruwa Soga
Date of production: 1754 (Hôreki 4), 1st month
One of a group of eleven fan prints printed in ink plus one or two colors, with hand-written notes dateable to 1822, bound together as an album. The prints and handwritten notes are very similar to the contents of a two-volume album of 111 ink-only fan prints now in the Kaga Bunko collection of the Tokyo Metropolitan Central Library, entitled Dansen-e sumizuriban kagami, formerly the property of a fan dealer in Horie-machi, most likely Ibaya Jinzaemon (who may be related to the ukiyo-e publisher Ibaya Senzaburô). The prints seem to have been made from old blocks for the records of the fan store, shortly before 1822 when the hand-written comments were added. At some point, these eleven color prints were separated from the remaining ink-only prints and somehow came into the Spaulding collection.
The handwritten note on the left side of this print identifies the production as that of 1731 (Kyôhô 16), in which Hiroji I played the part of Gengobei; but color prints were not yet being made at that time, and the details of the play correspond to the 1754 production with Hiroji II.
William S. and John T. Spaulding Collection