Actor Sanogawa Ichimatsu I as Karigane Bunshichi, Actually Soga no Gorô

初代佐野川市松のかり金文七本名曽我の五郎

Japanese
Edo period
printed about 1822 (Bunsei 5); designed 1756 (Hôreki 6), 3rd month
Artist Unknown, Japanese, Publisher Ibaya Senzaburô (Dansendô) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Kurahashi, "Color Fan Prints," in Ukiyo-e Art 166 (2013), fig. 4

Dimensions

Horizontal ôban; 28 x 39.9 cm (11 x 15 11/16 in.)

Accession Number

RES.21.443

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Play (shosagoto): Gonin Otoko Toshidama Monzukushi Kakeai
Play (main feature): Ume Wakana Futaba Soga
Theater: Ichimura
Date of production: 1756 (Hôreki 6), 3rd 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 play as a production of 1741 (Kanpô 1), but the text written on the print corresponds almost exactly to lines from the 1756 production.
五人男年玉紋づくしかけあい
梅若菜二葉曽我(うめわかなふたばそが)
 市村

Signed

Unsigned
無款

Credit Line

William S. and John T. Spaulding Collection