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Sumizō in the role of Hōkaibō

Japanese Color Woodblock Print 

Sumizō in the role of Hōkaibō

by Ogawa Hyōe, 1915

Ōkuma, Prime Minister and Cabinet Minister

IHL Cat. #1371

About This Print

One of seven 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 actor portrayed is Ichikawa Sumizō VI (1886-1971) 市川壽美蔵 in the role of Hōkaibō 法界坊, in the play of the same name performed at the Meiji-za in July 1915. This print appeared in the 3rd issue of the magazine 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 #1371
 Title Sumizō in the role of Hōkaibō
 法界坊 (壽美蔵) Hōkaibō (Sumizō)
 Magazine Shin Nigao (New Portraits) volume unknown 新似顔 第一年
 Artist 
 Ogawa Hyōe (active c. 1915) 
 Signature 
 No signature on print. 小川兵衛氏 畫 printed on page print is tipped to.
 Seal
unread seal of the artist
 Date July 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 - slightly toned
 
 Miscellaneous
title and artist name, appearing on bottom of presentation page
法界坊(壽美蔵) 小川兵衛氏 畫 
 Genre shin hanga (new prints); nigao-e
 Format koban
 H x W Paper 7 3/16 x 4 9/16 in. (18.3 x 11.6 cm)
 H x W Image 6 5/16 x 4 3/8 in. ( 16 x 11.1 cm)
 Collections This Print National Museum of Asian Art S2003.8.2781; The Tsubouchi Memorial Theatre Museum of Waseda University 201-0456; 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:
7/31/2020
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