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Yoshichō no Nanako

Ishii Hakutei (1882-1958)

Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Yoshichō no Nanako 

by Ishizuka Kan, 1915

Daidokō from the series Japan Scenery Prints, Set. 8: Korea District

IHL Cat. #220

About This Print

This print is one two small format prints created by Kan for the short-lived 1915 magazine Shin Nigao whose purpose was to advertise the Kabuki theater and renew interest in actor prints.  While the vast majority of prints created for Shin Nigao were portraits of actors, several portrayed famous geisha of the time, as in this print which pictures a geisha named Nanako from the Yoshichō geisha quarters of Tokyo. This print appeared in issue 5, published in November 1915. 

For more information on this short-lived magazine whose purpose was to advertise the Kabuki theater and renew interest in actor prints, see the article Shin Nigao Magazine.

Print Details

 IHL Catalog  #220
 Title or Description  Yoshichō Nanako 芳町 魚子 (as shown on presentation sheet, see image below, and in table of contents for issue #5 of Shin Nigao)
 Series  Magazine: Shin Nigao (New Portraits) volume five 新似顔 第一年五編
 Ishizuka Kan (active c. 1915)
 No signature on print. 石塚翰 畫 Ishizuka Kani ga printed on bottom of magazine page print was originally tipped to.
 artist's seal upper right hand corner
 Date  November 1915
 Edition  First and only edition printed in magazine Shin Nigao
 Publisher  Nigaodō 似顔洞
 Igami Bonkotsu (1875-1933)
 Printer Igami Bonkotsu (1875-1933)
 Impression  excellent
 Colors  excellent
 Condition  excellent - tipped to original magazine page
 Genre  shin hanga (new prints) nigao-e
 Format  koban
 H x W Paper  7 1/4 x 4 3/4 in. (18.4 x 12.1 cm)
 H x W Image 
 Collections This Print  The British Museum 1991,1112,0.193.5 (entire magazine, only front cover shown); Art Research Center Ritsumeikan University BM-SJ193-05  (British Museum's copy of entire magazine with all pages shown)
 Reference Literature
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