Actor Sanogawa Ichimatsu I as Kuzunoha Shiragitsunenosuke
Kurahashi, "Color Fan Prints," in Ukiyo-e Art 166 (2013), fig. 5
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: Shiomitsu Tama Kazeori Komachi
Date of production: 1750 (Kan’en 3), 5th 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 publisher’s mark on this print appears to be that of Iseya Sôemon, but no other works published by Sôemon are known until 1776, so this may be another, unknown publisher.
The handwritten inscription at the left identifies the play as a production of 1742 (Kanpô 2); but two prints in the Kaga Bunko album show the same scene as this one, with the production correctly identified.
William S. and John T. Spaulding Collection