Re: Identification of a print

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Posted by Hans Olof Johansson ( on January 23, 2017 at 21:52:23:

In Reply to: Re: Identification of a print posted by Paul Griffith on January 22, 2017 at 00:24:20:


Once again thanks for sharing your expertise in the history of Japanese theatre.

I'm sure you are absolutely right about the dating of the triptych that Georges asked about, but as far as I see you haven't commented on the other version. My collage above illustrates how the facial features of one famous actor have been 'doctored' into representing another famous actor.

After studying the two versions more carefully, I now believe the original version is the one with Ichikawa Danjr VII (version B above). Apparently the play is "Ichikawaya Masago no Gohiiki" (市川哉眞砂御攝), performed at the Kawarazaki-za in the 8th month of 1830, when both Danjr and Matsumoto Kshir V returned to Edo after acting in Osaka - as indicated by the word 'kudari' (下り) in the text (see ).

Please correct me, if I'm wrong.

Best regards,
Hans Olof

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