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A man wearing a brown and beige patterned robe with black collar and green sleeves holds an implement to his face.

This portrait shows the bust and head of Matsumoto Kōshirō. His hair is tied back, and he wears a white cloth wrapped around his head. He wears brown and beige plaid robes with floral details, and a black collar. His left hand reaches into the other sleeve, and his right hand is raised to put a yellow and red stylus to his face. He is frowning, and wrinkles are visible on the side of his mouth and between his eyebrows. There is a line of Japanese script on the right side.

Identification and Creation

Object Number
Tōshūsai Sharaku, Japanese (active 1794 - 1795)
Actor Matsumoto Kōshirō IV as Gorōbei, the Fishmonger from San'ya from the Play "Katakiuchi Noriai-Banashi" (Kiri-za)
Work Type
Late Edo period, 1794 (5th month)
Creation Place: East Asia, Japan
Edo period, 1615-1868
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Physical Descriptions

Woodblock print; ink, color, and mica on paper
Vertical ōban: H. 37.7 cm x W. 25.4 cm (14 13/16 x 10 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Signed: Tōshūsai Sharaku ga
  • inscription: Printed seals: Kiwame; Publisher's mark. Impressed seals: Wakai oyaji (impressed twice)

Acquisition and Rights

Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Gift of the Friends of Arthur B. Duel
Accession Year
Object Number
Asian and Mediterranean Art

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Publication History

  • Narazaki Muneshige, Ukiyo-e shuka [Collection of the Masterpieces of Ukiyo-e Prints in Museums] Volume 8: Foggu Bijutsukan [Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University], Neruson Bijutsukan [Nelson Atkins Museum]..., Shogaku-kan (Tokyo, Japan, 1980 [Showa 55]), Color Plate 009; pp. 24-25
  • Kristin A. Mortimer and William G. Klingelhofer, Harvard University Art Museums: A Guide to the Collections, Harvard University Art Museums and Abbeville Press (Cambridge and New York, 1986), no. 60, p. 59
  • Keizaburô Yamaguchi, Sharaku no zenbô [The World of Sharaku] (Tokyo, 1994), p. 22/Fig. 14.a

Exhibition History

Subjects and Contexts

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