Artist: Ryūsai Shigeharu (柳斎重春)

Print: Arashi Rikan II (嵐璃寛) on a boat in a possible kabuki Suikoden role

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Dates: 1829,created
Dimensions: 10.0 in,15.0 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: Japanese woodblock print

Signed: Ryūsai Shigeharu ga
Publisher: Horie Ichiba Wataki Han (掘江市場綿喜坂), i.e. Wataya Kihei

Related links: Waseda University; Hankyu Culture Foundation;

Physical description:

This print is an odd case because some sources say it dates from 1829 and others from 1830. 1829 would make it an image of Arashi Rikan II, however, Arashi Rikan III's name and yagō Okajma-ya (岡島屋) appears at the beginning of the text below.

The text in the large cartouche reads:

嵐璃寛三代の岡島屋.師の名をつぎて.日々に益壮なり.前に徳三郎と呼たる時俳名を璃☆といふ.璃は則玉なり.ふたつ合せて☆といひ.磨きあげたる芸の玉株.其光寛に.あたりまばゆく芝居の暗を照し.余光殊に輝けり.家の狂言は今古ニ独歩して.人の糟粕をねふらず.自から工夫の仕組新しく.看官驚かずといふ事なし 花笠外史漫賛


Illustrated in color in Ikeda Bunko, Kamigata yakusha-e shūsei (Collected Kamigata Actor Prints), vol. 2, Osaka, 1998, no 122. Their information gives the publisher as Wataya Kihei.


This may well represent a performance at the Horie Ichinogawa theater and may be the right hand companion to another print in the Lyon Collection, #29, even though the shape of the cartouches are somewhat different.