Song and Dance Performance by the "Spider Man" Satô Yûkichi, Art Name Yôrô Yûsen, Age 52

蜘蛛男・養老勇扇(本名佐藤勇吉) はうた・てしな・うかれぶし 頭七寸五分 身丈七寸 本年五十二才 養老勇扇

Japanese
Meiji era
1877 (Meiji 10), June 26
Publisher Emoto Wasaburô (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

http://blog.livedoor.jp/misemono/archives/51795856.html (complete diptych)

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 37 x 24.9 cm (14 9/16 x 9 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.22670

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, with title and inscription on right sheet.

Inscription

右の一枚
(表題)「はうた・てしな・うかれぶし 頭七寸五分 身丈七寸 本年五十二才 養老勇扇」

表題下の口上文は以下の通り(句読点編者)。

「乍憚口上書
 一、蜘男佐藤勇吉事芸名養老勇扇ハ、羽前国米沢の出生にて本年五十二歳、頭七寸五分、其體七寸にて、両方の腕四段におれ、自然と顔に愛敬をふくミ、諸人の愛顧をうくる事尤也。此度、養老瀧五郎の門人となり手品、早業、はうた、手おどり、不具の身ながらしぜんと備わる芸の手れん、昨今東京市中の大評」

Signed

Gakô Takenouchi Hidehisa

Provenance

By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850 - d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: August 3, 1911)

NOTES:
[1] Much of Bigelow's collection of Asian art was formed during his residence in Japan between 1882 and 1889, although he also made acquisitions in Europe and the United States. Bigelow deposited many of these objects at the MFA in 1890 before donating them to the Museum's collection at later dates.

Credit Line

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection