Re: Ichikawa Ebizio role

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Posted by A Dear John Letter on March 16, 2003 at 05:01:06:

In Reply to: Ichikawa Ebizio role posted by John Wolcott on March 15, 2003 at 22:00:12:

Dear John,

Is it possible to post a scan of your print? It sounds to me almost certainly something from the Meiji Era, more 1870s/1880s than 1840s, but it does sound interesting. I suggest Meiji as that's the earliest I know of the introduction of Western dress into the kabuki theater. But a picture would be conclusive.

: I want to identify the character in a ukiyo-e print. The actor is Ichikawa Ebizio, and was printed about 1840. He stands on a ship with sword drawn, wearing a Western style coat similar to what a European naval officer might have worn then. Black pants or leggings cover his legs, but over them is a long skirt which touches the deck. On the hem of skirt are Roman alphabet characters and Arabic numbers. His feet are bare.He appears to be looking up at the moon. I cannot identify the artist, but it may be the name Sanokichi. Can anyone tell me what the role and play might be? Thank you very much.
: John Wolcott

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