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Gion no Nakako

 

 Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Gion no Nakako

by Natori Shunsen, 1915

 

IHL Cat. #838

About This Print

One of 30 prints (including 2 cover prints and 2 frontispieces) designed by Natori Shunsen that appeared in the magazine Shin Nigao, whose purpose was to advertise the Kabuki theater and renew interest in actor prints.  The artist's catalog raisonné, The Skill of Natori Shunsen in Kabuki Prints, titles this print Gion no Nakako 祇園の奈加子.  

This print was one of five special prints in the last issue, number 5, of Shin Nigao published in November 1915 of famous personalities who were to be present at the enthronement of Emperor Taiso later that month. 

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.

Natori Shunsen Catalogue Raisonné Entry


Catalogue Raisonné – Ukiyoe Kabuki Gi Han Ga: Shunsen Natori
(The Skill of Natori Shunsen in Kabuki Prints),
Kushigata Municipal Shunsen Museum
Kushigata, Japan; 1991, p.96, pl. 189.

Print Details

 IHL Catalog  #838
 Title  Gion no Nakako 祇園の奈加子
 Magazine  Shin Nigao (New Portraits) volume five 新似顔 第一年五編
 Catalogue Raisonné  Number 189
 Artist
 Natori Shunsen (1886-1960)
 Signature
 Not signed on print. 名取春仙 畫 Natori Shunsen ga printed on bottom of magazine page print was originally tipped to.
 Seal
 Shun 春
 Date  November 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
Shin Nigao #5 Table of Contents - entry for this print
祇園奈加子 Gion no Nakako
 Genre  shin hanga (new prints); nigao-e
 Format  Koban
 H x W Paper  7 3/8 x 4 5/8 in. (18.7 x 11.4 cm)
 Collections This Print  National Museum of Asian Art S2003.8.1576 (publisher is incorrectly listed as Watanabe Shozaburō); 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 Catalogue Raisonné – Ukiyoe Kabuki Gi Han Ga: Shunsen Natori (The Skill of Natori Shunsen in Kabuki Prints), Kushigata Municipal Shunsen Museum, Kushigata, Japan, 1991, p.96.
last revision:
7/29/2020
11/18/2018
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