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Ichikawa Danjūrō IX as Daikokuya Sōroku from the series One Hundred Roles of Ichikawa Danjūrō

Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Ichikawa Danjūrō IX as Daikokuya Sōroku

from the series One Hundred Roles

of Ichikawa Danjūrō

by Toyohara Kunichika, 1898

Toyohara Kunichika (1835–1900)

IHL Cat. #701

About This Print

The actor Ichikawa Danjūrō IX (1838-1903) as the brothel proprietor Daikokuya Sōroku 大黒屋惣六 in the scene Yoshiwara Daikokuya (Yoshiwara Daikokuyo no ba 吉原大黒屋之場) from the play Go Taiheiki Shiraishi Banashi (The Tale of Shiraishi, a Latter-day Taiheiki).  (For the plot of this scene go to the heading "The Plot of the Play - Yoshiwara Daikokuya Scene" for the print IHL Cat. #663.)

For a profile of Ichikawa Danjūrō please see the article The Kabuki Actor and for a fascinating interview with the actor see Interview with Ichikawa Danjuro IX.

The Series One Hundred Roles of Ichikawa Danjūrō

Source: Time Present and Time Past: Images of a Forgotten Master: Toyohara Kunichika (1835-1900), Amy Reigle Newland, Hotei Publishing, 1999, p. 127 and 26.

"In 1893 Kunichika undertook a commission for two series of single-sheet portraits that were each dedicated to an individual actor.  The first of these, One hundred roles of Danjūrō, featured the major roles of Ichikawa Danjūrō IX (1838-1903) in a set of half-length portraits.  A square cartouche in the upper register of each print contains a verse or illustration, and the series title cartouche is backed by peonies, a flower associated with Danjūrō IX."

“While his best-known pieces from this period are triptychs, Kunichika produced some outstanding series of single-sheet portraits, such as the One hundred roles of Ichikawa Danjuro IX (Ichikawa Danjuro engei hyakuban) and One hundred roles of Baiko (Baiko hyakushu no uchi).   Like Kunisada’s set of ‘large-head’ portraits, Kunichika’s two series may be regarded as ‘monuments to his [Kunichika’s] career’.  Whilst Kunisada attempted an overview of all the greatest actors of the age, Kunichika’s two series focus on the Kabuki doyens, Ichikawa Danjuro IX and Onoe Kikugoro V.

The publisher Fukuda Kumajiro (together with Gusokuya Kahei) commissioned Kunichika to begin work on the One hundred roles of Ichikawa Danjuro IX in 1893.  The series was completed posthumously in 1903, the year of the actor’s death and under the supervision of Fukuda Shojiro (d. 1925.)  The prints in the series were sumptuously printed using expensive materials and techniques.  Each image documents the actor’s most successful roles; a text or illustration appears in the upper register.”

Print Details

 IHL Catalog  #701
 Title (Description)  Ichikawa Danjūrō 市川 団十郎 as Daikokuya Sōroku 大黒屋惣六
 Series  One Hundred Roles of Ichikawa Danjūro 市川団十郎演芸百番
 Artist  Toyohara Kunichika (1835–1900)
 Signature  Kunichika hitsu with toshidama seal
 Seal  toshidama seal
 Publication Date  July 1898 (as printed in left margin 明治卅一年七月 )
 Publisher
Fukuda Kumajirō in left margin [Marks: publisher ref. 071]
 Carver
 not identified on print
 Impression  excellent
 Colors  excellent
 Condition  good - full size, unbacked, minor soiling and wrinkling; 2 holes in paper on wrist of left hand
 Genre  ukiyo-e; yakusha-e
 Miscellaneous  the telephone number 294 "二九四" for the publisher is printed at the bottom of the left margin
 Format  vertical oban
 H x W Paper
 14 5/8 x 9 7/8 in. (37.1 x 25.1 cm)
 H x W Image
 13 x 8 1/2 in. (33 x 21.6 cm)
 Literature
 
 Collections This Print
 Honolulu Academy of Art 26543; Tsubouchi Memorial Theatre Museum Waseda University 007-1970;  Kyoto University of Art and Design Ukiyo-e Collection 173


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