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Kichiemon in the role of Yura Hyōgo

 

 Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Kichiemon as Yura Hyōgo

(in the play The Yaguchi Ferry)

by Natori Shunsen, 1915

 

IHL Cat. #255

About This Print

One of 30 prints (including 2 cover prints and 1 frontispiece) 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.  This print portrays the actor Nakamura Kichiemon as the character Yura Hyōgo in the play The Yaguchi Ferry and appeared in issue three.


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

For information on the actor Nakamura Kichiemon, see the entry under The Kabuki Actor.


Kichiemon Nakamura I (1886–1954) as Takebe Genzō, in Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami

Japan Arts Council
 
[初代] 中村 吉右衛門 (Nakamura Kichiemon,
First Generation)
神霊矢口渡 (Shinrei Yaguchi no Watashi)
由良兵庫之助邸 (Yura Hyōgo nosuke tei)
歌舞伎座 (Kabuki-za) 大正4(1915)年 7月(7th month)
Japan Arts Council BM002896




The Play – Shinrei Yaguchi no Watashi (The Yaguchi Ferry)

Source: Tales from Old Japanese Dramas, Asataro Miyamori, G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 1915
Hiraga Gennai (1729–1779), whose pseudonym was Fuku-uchi Kigwai, was the greatest among the Yedo epical dramatists.  His best drama is Shinrei Yaguchi no Watashi. Yura Hyōgo is a retainer to Lord Yoshioki, who tries to stop his master from going to war.

Source: Kabuki 21 website http://www.kabuki21.com/yaguchi_no_watashi.php
During the reign of the Emperor Godaigo, the wicked Ashikaga Takauji attempted to dethrone the Emperor and set up a pretender in his place. A great battle was fought on the Plain of Musashino, near what later became Edo. The commander of the Imperial army was Nitta Yoshioki, a famous soldier. He and his troops fought courageously, but were defeated through the treachery of a man whom Yoshioki believed to be his friend. Yoshioki himself was murdered by this same false friend at Yaguchi, where a ferry crossed the Tama River.

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.93, pl. 174.

Print Details

 IHL Catalog  #255
 Title  由良兵庫 (吉右衛門) Yura Hyōgo (Kichiemon) as printed on the original presentation page this print is tipped to (see below.)

Nakamura Kichiemon in the role of Yura Hyōgo [in the play Shinrei Yaguchi no Watashi (The Yaguchi Ferry)]
 Magazine  Shin Nigao (New Portraits) volume three 新似顔 第一年參編
 Catalogue Raisonné  Number 174
 Artist
 Natori Shunsen (1886-1960)
 Signature
 Not signed
 Seal  Shun
 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  excellent - toning and staining on magazine page which print is tipped to
 Miscellaneous  
 Genre  shin hanga (new prints); nigao-e
 Format  koban
 H x W Paper  7 3/8 x 4 1/2 in. (18.7 x 11.4 cm)
 Collections This Print
 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; Dramatic Impressions: Japanese Theatre Prints from the Gilbert Luber Collection, Chance, Frank L. & Davis, Julie Nelson, University of Pennsylvania Press, 2007; Printed to Perfection: Twentieth-century Japanese Prints from the Robert O. Muller Collection, Merviss, Newland, et. al., Hotei Publishing, 2004
last revision:
11/18/2018
 
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