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Artist: Jukōdō Yoshikuni (寿好堂よし国)

Print: Arashi Kitsusaburō II (嵐橘三郎) - later Rikan II - on the occasion of his name change

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Dates: 1822,created
Dimensions: 10.0 in,15.0 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: Japanese color woodblock print
Inscription:

Signature: Yoshikuni ga (よし国画)

Related links: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; British Museum (yellow ground immediately behind the actor only); Hankyu Culture Foundation - yellow ground behind the actor;

Physical description:

"This print is among the many dealing with the arrival in Ōsaka of the actor Arashi Kitsusaburō II, the successor of Kitsusaburō I who died one year before that.

Kitsusaburō II holds a print [made by himself], with the seal of the carver Kasuke, depicting Kitsusaburō I as Hyōgonokami Yorimasa. He played this role in 8/1821, shortly before his death and Kitsusaburō II played it as an homage in Osaka...

On the kimono of Kitsusaburō II appears his mon as a pattern, combined with an unusual structure of scratches. Next to the actor's name at the top is his 'nom de plume' Rikaku. At the bottom left [of the print in the British Museum] is the text 'Hiki Yori', indicating that this print was commissioned by a fan of the actor, or that the artist himself was the actor's fan.

On an other impression of the print the poem is replaced by a poem of Yoshikuni and neither the text 'Hiki Yuri' nor the artist's seal are present. Further, the signature is printed from a different or altered block and placed somewhat to the right and to the bottom."

Quoted from: Ōsaka Kagami 大阪鏡 by Jan van Doesburg, p. 38.

The inscription reads, "To stick on the cover of a maid's mirror." (Jōchū kagami no futahari)