Utagawa Toyoharu, 'Boating and Fireworks on the Sumida River'

Utagawa Toyoharu, 'Boating and Fireworks on the Sumida River'

Katsukawa Shunshô (1726-92)
'Kabuki Scene with Yokobue and the Priests Saigyô and Mongaku'
Nishiki-e (brocade print)
Diptych, two hosoban-size sheets
Signature: Shunshô ga
Museum no. E.1277-1896

This print depicts the actor Nakamura Tomijûrô as Yokobue in a scene from the play 'Musume Dôjôji' (The Maiden at Dôjôji Temple) performed at the Nakamura-za Theatre in 1777. Although Tomijûrô was fifty-nine years old at the time, his portrayal of a cheerful, innocent maiden in a kimono with long trailing sleeves was highly acclaimed.

Katsukawa Shunshô was the founder of the stylistic school called the Katsukawa school, which dominated the field of production of Kabuki-related prints.

Shunshô's innovative and realistic view of the Japanese stage can be seen in this print (especially in comparison with print 2). Shunshô frequently used the diptych format (of two hosoban-size sheets) for his prints.

This print can be found in Prints and Drawings Study Room box TOPIC JP1.