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Artist: Utagawa Toyokuni I (初代歌川豊国)

Print: Segawa Kikunojō III [瀬川菊之丞] as Chōkichi

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Dates: 1796,created
Dimensions: 9.75 in,15.0 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: Japanese color woodblock print
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Signed: Toyokuni ga (豊国画)
Publisher: Izumiya Ichibei (Marks 180 - seal 25-365)

Related links: Honolulu Museum; Minneapolis Institute of Arts;

Physical description:

This figure, decchi Chōkichi (でつち長吉), is from the kabuki play Suda no Haru Geisha Katagi (隅田春妓女容性). It premiered in the first month of 1796 at the Kiriza in Edo. Chōkichi is a shop apprentice or decchi (丁稚) who is murdered after stealing the purse of the play's main character Yoshibei. What Yoshibei does not know at the time is that he has just killed his wife's younger brother. Based on a true story which took place in Osaka in 1689.

There is a summary of this play at http://www.kabuki21.com/ume_no_yoshibei.php.

For a Toyokuni I print representing Yoshibei see Lyon Collection #892. For one by Kunihiro see #901.

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Illustrated in color in Worldly Pleasures, Earthly Delights: Japanese Prints from the Minneapolis Institute of Art, p. 161, #126.