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Tosshi in the role of Araki Mataemon

 

Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Tosshi in the role of Araki Mataemon

by Matsuda Seifū, 1915


IHL Cat. #232

About This Print


One of fourteen prints by the artist that appeared in the magazine Shin Nigao whose purpose was to advertise the Kabuki theater and renew interest in actor prints. The print depicts the actor Sawamura Tosshi VII in the role of Araki Mataemon, a great 17th century swordsman. This print appeared in the 3rd issue published in August 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  #232
 Title/Description
Sawamura Tosshi VII in the role of Araki Mataemon

Tosshi
no Araki Mataemon 訥子荒木又右衛門 [as noted on print's verso, (seen left) and on the page the print was tipped to (seen below)]

(The actor Sawamura Tosshi VII in the role of Araki Matemon)


澤村訥子の荒木又右衛門
Sawamura Tosshi no Araki Mataemon
 Magazine  Shin Nigao (New Portraits) volume 3 新似顔 第一年参編
 Artist
 Matsuda Seifū (1880-1978)
 Signature
 Seifū
 畫 Matsuda Seifū ga printed on bottom of magazine page print was originally tipped to.
 Seal  Artist's 青 "Ao" seal (as shown above)
 Date  August 1915
 Edition  First and only edition printed in magazine Shin Nigao
 Publisher  Nigaodō 似顔洞
 Carver and Printer  Igami Bonkotsu (1875-1933)
 Impression  excellent
 Colors  excellent
 Condition  excellent
 Miscellaneous  
 Genre  shin hanga (new prints); nigao-e
 Format  koban
 H x W Paper  7 1/4 x 4 5/8 in. (18.6 x 11.7 cm)
 Collections This Print  Honolulu Museum of Art 31955; The British Museum 1991,1112,0.193.3 (entire magazine, only front cover shown); Art Research Center Ritsumeikan University BM-SJ193-03 (British Museum's copy of entire magazine with all pages shown)
 Reference Literature
last revision:
7/17/2020
11/19/2018
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