Ichikawa Monnosuke II, 1776-1781

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In the 1770s, Ichikawa Monnosuke II (1743-94) was counted among the most promising actors of the Kabuki stage. Shunkø depicted him as a samurai standing under a maple tree in an unidentified play (right). The image captures the graceful and stately appearance of the good-looking actor as a young man.

A print by Shun'ei (left) also shows the actor Ichikawa Monnosuke II as indicated by the ideogram "mon" emblazoned on his armor and partially revealed beneath his plaid kimono. His red-lined makeup suggests that Monnosuke is in the role of a hero with extreme physical strength. Shun'ei's image of Monnosuke was probably produced about ten years later than that by Shunkø.

Ichikawa Monnosuke II
Artist Life
1743 - 1812
Accession Number
Curator Approved

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