NATORI Shunsen

(Japan 1886 – 1960)

Bandō Jusaburo III as Mizuhiki Seigorō in 'Fight of Megumi' (Bandō Jusaburo III Mizuhiki Seigorō)

Location
Not on display
Further information

The actor Bandō Jusaburo III (1886-1954) was born in Osaka and began his kabuki career when he was just five years old. He is shown in this image in the role of sumo wrestler Mizuhiki Seigorō in the kabuki play ‘Fight of Megumi (Megumi no kenka)’. First performed in the early 1880s, the play was based on an 1805 altercation in Tokyo between sumo wrestlers and firefighters in which one man was killed. The artist Natori Shunsen (1886-1960) is well known for his expressive representations of the kabuki actors he admired during the 1920s and 30s.

Place of origin
Japan
Period
Japan: Shôwa period 1926–1988
Year
1928
Media
Print
Medium
woodblock print, embossing; ink and colour on paper
Dimensions
37.8 x 26.0 cm image; 40.2 x 27.0 cm sheet
Signature & date

Signed u.r., in Japanese, ink [incised on block] "Shunsen ga [picture by Shunsen]" [and artist's seal]. Not dated.

Credit
Purchased 1986
Accession number
75.1986