Actors Nakamura Sukegorô I as Gokumon Shôhei and Nakamura Kiyosaburô I as Danshichi Osoyo


Edo period
printed about 1822 (Bunsei 5); designed about 1750 (Kan'en 3), 1st month
Artist Unknown, Japanese

Catalogue Raisonné

Kurahashi, "Color Fan Prints," in Ukiyo-e Art 166 (2013), fig. 11


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

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

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

Not On View


Asia, Prints and Drawings



Play (second feature): Ada no Kusa Onna Danshichi
Play (main feature): Kayou Kami Chidori Soga
Theater: Ichimura
Date of production: 1750 (Kan’en 3), 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 as records for 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.



Credit Line

William S. and John T. Spaulding Collection