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Kōshirō in the role of Chōbei

 

Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Kōshirō in the role of Chōbei

(in the play Banzui Chōbei Shōjin Manaita)

by Matsuda Seifū, 1915


IHL Cat. #233

About This Print


One of fourteen prints by the artist that appeared in the magazine Shin Nigao.  This print depicting Matsumoto Kōshirō VII  in the role of Chōbei in the play Banzui Chōbei Shojin Manaita appeared in issue 5.

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.

The Actor in the Print

Source: Kabuki 21 website http://www.kabuki21.com/koshiro7.php 
Matsumoto Kōshirō VII 松本幸四郎 (1870-1949) was also known as Ichikawa Komazō VIII, Ichikawa Somegorō IV and Ichikawa Kintarō.   Matsumoto Kōshirō VII was one of the leading tachiyaku from the end of the Meiji era to the end of the forties. Best disciple of Ichikawa Danjūrō IX, he transmitted his master's knowledge, traditions and acting methods to his three sons who became the best tachiyaku of the second half of the twentieth century.

Matsumoto Kōshirō VII's best roles: Benkei ("Kanjinchō"), Sekibei/Ôtomo no Kuronushi ("Tsumoru Koi Yuki no Seki no To"), Ōmori Hikoshichi ("Ōmori Hikoshichi"), Soga Gorō Tokimune ("Ya-no-Ne"), Watanabe Tsuna ("Ibaraki"), Watōnai ("Kokusen'ya Gassen"), Kamakura Gongorō Kagemasa ("Shibaraku"), Nikki Danjō ("Meiboku Sendai Hagi"), Takatoki ("Takatoki").
 

The Play  

The drama Banzui Chōbei Shōjin Manaita was written by Sakurada Jisuke I and first performed in 1803.

Print Details
 IHL Catalog  #233
 Title/Description  Kōshirō in the role of Chōbei (Matsumoto Kōshirō VII as Chobei in Banzui Chōbei Shojin Manaita)
幸四郎 Kōshirō (長兵衛) Chōbei
 Magazine  Shin Nigao (New Portraits) volume five 新似顔 第一年五編
 Artist
 Matsuda Seifū (1880-1978)
 Signature
 Seifū
 Seal  Artist's "Ao" seal
 Date  1915
 Edition  First and only edition printed in magazine Shin Nigao
 Publisher  Nigaodō 似顔洞
 Carver  Igami Bonkotsu (1875-1933)
 Impression  excellent
 Colors  excellent
 Condition  good - soiling and light foxing
 Miscellaneous  attached to original magazine page
 Genre  shin hanga (new prints) nigao-e
 Format  koban
 H x W Paper  print: 7 3/8 x 4 5/8 in. (18.7 x 11.7 cm)
 mounting sheet: 9 9/16 x 7 3/8 in. (24.3 x 18.7 cm)
 Collections This Print  Honolulu Museum of Art 31942
 Reference Literature
last revision:
11/19/2018

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