Choki (act. 1775 - 1805)
Evening Snow of Umegawa Chubei, c. 1795
5.75 x 12.62 in (14.60 x 32.05 cm)
Series: 8 Views of Joruri Parodies. Fine impression, color and condition. Ex. Coll. McCabe (Collectors seal on Verso). The Kabuki play is "Meido no Hikyaku (The Courier of Hell) by Chikamatsu Monzaemon. Chubei borrows and steals money to buy the courtesan Umegawa's freedom. When his transgressions are revealed, Chubei and Umegawa run away together to commit suicide as Chubei's father is seen approaching their hideaway to forgive them; a Romeo and Juliet story set in Japan and memorialized in kabuki.