Actor Nakamura Nakazô I as Kakogawa Honzô
about 1790 (Kansei 2)
Artist Katsukawa Shunshô (Japanese, 1726–1792)
Hosoban; 32.8 x 15 cm (12 15/16 x 5 7/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
Play: Kanadehon Chûshingura
The “kiwame” censor’s seal began to be used in 1790, but Nakazô’s last performance was in 1789.8 and he died early in 1790. This may be an older design re-issued in 1790 as a memorial print; the placement of the signature and censor’s seal is very odd.
Nakazô had played Honzô in 1769.4 at the Nakamura theater.
Katsukawa Shunshô ga
Censor's seal: kiwame (hidden in costume)
November 1912, 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.
William S. and John T. Spaulding Collection