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Woodblock print - Nakamura Utaemon III as Kyogoku Takumi
  • Nakamura Utaemon III as Kyogoku Takumi
    Hokushu, Shunkosai
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Nakamura Utaemon III as Kyogoku Takumi

  • Object:

    Woodblock print

  • Place of origin:

    Japan (made)

  • Date:

    1825 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Hokushu, Shunkosai (artist)
    Yugendo (publisher)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Colour woodblock print

  • Credit Line:

    Thomas H. Lee Bequest

  • Museum number:

    E.1321-1922

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Although Edo (later renamed Tokyo) was the centre of ukiyo-e printmaking, Osaka also flourished, particularly in the first half of the 19th century, when artists such as Shunkosai Hokushu were active. This particular print portrays the actor Nakamura Utaemon III as the master swordsman Kyogoku Takumi, one of four roles he played in his farewell performance at the Kado-za Theatre in March 1825. The story relates how Kyogoku Takumi murders Yoshioka Ichimisai after the latter defeats him in a test of swordsmanship, and how Yoshioka's daughter Osono sets out to avenge her father's death. Utaemon gave this farewell performance because he was ill. He recovered, however, and resumed his theatrical career until 1838.

Physical description

Portrait of Nakamura Utaemon III in the role of a samurai; he played four roles in his farewell performance at the Kado-za Theatre in March 1925. In this series Hokushu made prints of all four roles. Nakamura Utaemon as the master swordsman Kyogoku Takumi murders Yoshioka Ichimisai after the latter defeats him in a test of swordsmanship. Eventually Yoshioka's daughter Osono is able to avenge her father's death. Oban size. Signature: Shunkosai Hokushu ga. Seal: Hokushu. Publisher: Yugendo

Place of Origin

Japan (made)

Date

1825 (made)

Artist/maker

Hokushu, Shunkosai (artist)
Yugendo (publisher)

Materials and Techniques

Colour woodblock print

Dimensions

Height: 36.8 cm, Width: 25.4 cm

Descriptive line

Japanese print by Shunkosai Hokushu: The Kabuki actor Nakamura Utaemon III in the role of a samurai, from the series Famous Roles of Utaemon, 1825

Categories

Prints

Collection

East Asia Collection

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