• Arashi Kitsusaburō II (嵐橘三郎) on the occasion of his name change
Arashi Kitsusaburō II (嵐橘三郎) on the occasion of his name change
Arashi Kitsusaburō II (嵐橘三郎) on the occasion of his name change
Arashi Kitsusaburō II (嵐橘三郎) on the occasion of his name change

Jukōdō Yoshikuni (寿好堂よし国) (artist )

Arashi Kitsusaburō II (嵐橘三郎) on the occasion of his name change

Print


09/1822
10 in x 15 in (Overall dimensions) Japanese color woodblock print
Signature: Yoshikuni ga (よし国画)
Seals: 1) Yoshi appears below his signature on the print
2) an as yet undeciphered seal below his signature to the left of his face
Carver's seal in red: Kasuke
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
British Museum (yellow ground immediately behind the actor only)
Hankyu Culture Foundation - yellow ground behind the actor
Ritsumeikan University - in black and white "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 [the tachibana] 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.

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The print within a print shows the character of Yorimasa wearing an outfit also decorated with sasarindō (笹竜胆), a specialized Minamoto sub-clan crest.

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The poem is by Suikō: "To stick on the cover of a maid's mirror." (Jōchū kagami no futahari)

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There are at least two different editions of this print. The one in the Lyon Collection is the same as the one in the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. But the ones with the yellow background in the circle behind the actor have different inscriptions at the top and are signed with a different signature. Not only that, they also show the author's personal seal in red. In the lower left is a signature in red that is unidentified, but reads as 'Hiki Yuri' (ヒイキヨリ).

Within the yellow ground circles the artist's seal also appears in red, whereas it doesn't in the examples here and in Boston.

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Illustrated:

1) in black and white in Ōsaka Kagami 大阪鏡 by Jan van Doesburg, Huys den Esch, 1985, page 38, no. 25.

2) in a full-page color reproduction with yellow ground within the mirror's reflection in Kabuki Heroes on the Osaka Stage 1780-1830, p. 268, no. 251. The text on page 269 reads: "Kitsusaburō was affectionately known as 'Big-eyes Toku' ('Metoku') because of his large attractive eyes and early name Tokusaburō. The inscription at the top, by 'a fan of Big-eyes', suggests that a female servant might want to cut out the portrait and paste it inside the cover of her mirror (Jōchū kagami no futahari. Metoku-zuki)." The yellow-ground prints have another inscription in red in the lower left that reads: "...'from a patron' (hiki yori)..." Matsudaira suggested that that patron was Yoshikuni himself.

3) in color in color in Ukiyo-e Masterpieces in European Collections: British Museum III, supervised by Muneshige Narazaki, Kodansha Ltd, 1988, #127. The background within the circle is yellow.
Kyōto-Osaka prints (kamigata-e - 上方絵) (genre)
actor prints (yakusha-e - 役者絵) (genre)
Arashi Kitsusaburō II 二代目嵐橘三郎 (9/1822 to 8/1828) (actor)
Minamoto Yorimasa (源頼政) (role)