Shunbaisai Hokuei (春梅斎北英) (artist before 1837)
Vertical diptych. Top: Nakamura Shikan II (中村芝翫) as Ishikawa Goemon (石川五右衛門). Bottom: Ichikawa Ebizō V (市川海老蔵) as Hisayoshi Mashiba（真柴久よし）
10 in x 30 in (Overall dimensions) Japanese woodblock print
Signed: Shunbaisai Hokuei ga 春梅斎北英画
Publisher: Izutsuya Denbei: 井筒屋傳兵衞 (Marks 186 seal on verso: 07-030)
Tokyo Metropolitan Library
Hankyu Culture Foundation - top panel
Hankyu Culture Foundation - bottom panel
This print was clearly published as a deluxe edition judging by the liberal use of metallic inks.
The composition is illustrated in Ikeda Bunko, Kamigata yakusha-e shūsei (Collected Kamigata Actor Prints), vol. 2, Osaka, 1998, no 330. It represents a performance of Kinmon Gosan no Kiri at the Naka Theater in Osaka on 3/1834.
actor prints (yakusha-e - 役者絵) (genre)
Kyōto-Osaka prints (kamigata-e - 上方絵) (genre)
Nakamura Shikan II (二代目中村芝翫: 11/1825 - 12/1835) (actor)
Kakemono-e - 掛物絵 (genre)
Izutsuya Denbei (井筒屋伝兵衞) (publisher)
Ichikawa Ebizō V (五代目市川海老蔵: 11/1797 to 10/1800 and 3/1832 to 3/1859) (actor)