- Museum number
- Object: Ichikawa Ebizo as Kazusa Shichibyoe Kagekiyo(?) and Yamashita Kinsaku II as Kagekiyo’s wife Akoya(?) 市川蝦蔵の上総七兵衛景清と二代目山下金作の景清女房あこや(?)
Colour woodblock print, hosoban diptych from an album of 38 sheets. The kabuki actors Ichikawa Ebizo (right sheet) probably as Kazusa Shichibyoe Kagekiyo and Yamashita Kinsaku II probably as Kagekiyo’s wife Akoya, in the play ‘Nido no kake katsuiro Soga’ (再魁槑曾我) by Kasanui Sensuke I; performed at the Kiri-za from the 1st month of 1795 (Kansei 7).
- Production date
Height: 30.80 centimetres (LHS)
Height: 31.20 centimetres (RHS)
Width: 13.90 centimetres (LHS)
Width: 14.60 centimetres (RHS)
- Curator's comments
- Although Kinsaku’s pose in the left sheet with both arms lifted to cover the chest is very similar to Sharaku’s yellow-ground ‘aiban’ portrait of Kinsaku in the role of the maid Ebizo Okane in ‘Otokoyama o-Edo no ishizue’, performed at the Kiri-za in the 11th month of 1794 (Kansei 6), it seems that in that particular production Kinsaku and Ebizo did not appear in these roles in the same scenes together. However, a comparison with the 4th scene (四立て目) in the ‘ehon banzuke’ for ‘Nido no kake katsuiro Soga’ does show Ebizo and Kinsaku together in a scene that closely resembles this hosoban diptych. Therefore, the current identification is much more likely. See the exhibition catalogue for 'Toshusai Sharaku - His Art and Age', Tokyo National Museum, p. 283, Tokyo, 2011. (P. Griffith. 8/2012)
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2011 Apr- May, Tokyo, Tokyo National Museum, 'Tõshusai Sharaku-His Art and Age'
2016 Apr–Jul, London, BM Japanese Galleries, 'Japan from Prehistory to the Present'
- Associated titles
Associated Title: Nido no kake katsuiro Soga (再魁槑曾我) ((play))
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Transferred from Department of Oriental Manuscripts (August 1915)
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Other BM number: Album.32
Other BM number: Or.C.419 (previous British Library shelfmark)