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Onoe Kikugorō V as Washi no Chōkichi from the series One Hundred Roles of Baikō

Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Onoe Kikugorō V as Washi no Chōkichi

from the series One Hundred Roles of Baikō

by Toyohara Kunichika, 1893/1894

Ichikawa Danjūrō IX as Mongaku Shonin from the series One Hundred Roles of Ichikawa Danjuro

IHL Cat. #2053

About This Print

The actor Onoe Kikugorō V (1844-1903) in the role of Washi no Chōkichi and Kawarazaki Kunitarō I (1849-1867) as Tōgokuya musume Oyoshi, possibly in Kawatake Shinshichi II's play Yagura Daiko Otomo Yoshiwara.

For profiles of Onoe Kikugorō V and Kawarazaki Kunitarō please see the article The Kabuki Actor.

The Series "One Hundred Roles of Baikō"
Source: Time Present and Time Past: Images of a Forgotten Master: Toyohara Kunichika (1835-1900), Amy Reigle Newland, Hotei Publishing, 1999, p. 26, 27.

In 1893 Kunichika undertook a commission for two series of single-sheet portraits, each dedicated to the two most famous actors of their time, Ichikawa Danjūrō IX (1838-1903) and Onoe Kikugorō V (1844-1903).  The first of these, One hundred roles of Danjūrō, featured the major roles of Ichikawa Danjūrō IX in a set of half-length portraits.  (See print IHL Cat. #s 663, 689 and 701.) The second, One hundred roles of Baikō, featured the major roles of Onoe Kikugorō V and included an insert on the top of the print depicting a supporting actor.  Both the series were commissioned by Fukuda Kumajirō and Gusokuya Kahei. These two series are regarded as ‘monuments to his [Kunichika’s] career’.

The name "Baikō" in the series title was the haiku pen name of Onoe Kikugorō V and Kunichika was on friendly terms with him, often drinking tea and chatting backstage. 

Print Details

 IHL Catalog #2053
 Title (Description)Onoe Kikugorō V as Washi no Chōki and Kawarazaki Kinitarō as Tōgokuya musume 
[5] 尾上菊五郎 鷲の長吉   初代河原崎国太郎  東国屋娘およし
 Series One Hundred Roles of Baikō 梅幸百種之内 Baikō hyakushu no uchi
 Artist Toyohara Kunichika (1835–1900)
豊原国周筆 Toyohara Kunichika hitsu
 Seal Toshidama seal 年玉印 [see above]
 Publication Date
Note: date is trimmed from the left margin of this print but other impressions carry the incomplete date 明治廿 月 日 (Meiji 20). As the series was not published until Meiji 26 and was completed in Meiji 27, either a 六 (6) or 七 (7) is missing after the number 廿 (20).
 PublisherFukuda Kumajirō 福田熊次郎
seal: Ningyōchō Gusokuya, han 人形丁 具足屋 板
[Marks: pub. ref. 071; seal ref. 26-075]
Note: Publisher's name and seal is trimmed from the left margin
Nisei Hori Ei 二卋 彫栄
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition good - overall toning, left margin almost completely trimmed; backed
 Genre ukiyo-e; yakusha-e
 print number 五十七 57 in the series
Note: print number trimmed from the left margin
 Format vertical ban
 H x W Paper 
 14 3/8 x 9 5/8 in. (36.5 x 24.4 cm)
 H x W Image
 13 5/8 x 9 1/8 in. (34.6 x 23.2 cm)

 Collections This Print
 Tsubouchi Memorial Theatre Museum Waseda University 007-2012, 007-3019;  Tokyo Metropolitan Library 5968-003
last update:
4/16/2019 created