Ritsuko Mori in the role of Kiyoko


Japanese Color Woodblock Print

 Ritsuko Mori in the role of Kiyoko

by Yamamura Toyonari, 1915

The Heroine Koman in Tanba Yosaku from Woodblock Print Supplements to the Complete Works of Chikamatsu

IHL Cat. #2162

About This Print

This print is one twelve small format prints created by Toyonari for the short-lived 1915 magazine Shin Nigao whose purpose was to advertise the Kabuki theater and renew interest in actor prints.

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.

This print pictures the actress Ritsuko Mori playing the role of Kiyoko in an unknown play.

As with many of the prints that appeared in the magazine Shin Nigao, the name of the actor and the role being portrayed is given on a label attached to the original page the print was tipped on to, as shown below.  

Original label pasted on magazine mounting page reading:
律子 (清子) - Ritsuko (Kiyoko) 山村耕花氏 - family name Yamamura ōka

The Actress Ritsuko Mori (1890 - 1961)
  Source: The Woman and the Leaven in Japan, Charlotte B DeForest, The Central Committee on the United Study of Foreign Missions, 1923, p. 143-144 

"Perhaps the most popular living actress in Japan is Miss Ritsuko Mori, the first prominent example of an educated woman going on the stage. She was born in 1890, and after graduating from the Atomi Girls' School and then from the first class of the Actresses' Training School attached to the Imperial Theater in Tokyo, she further enlarged her horizon by going abroad in 1912 and studying the drama of the West. She is now one of the managing actresses of the Imperial Theater.

Print Details

 IHL Catalog  #2161
 Title  Ritsuko Mori in the role of Kiyoko 律子 清子
 Magazine  Shin Nigao (New Portraits) volume unknown 新似顔 第一年?編
 Yamamura Toyonari (1885-1942)
unread signature 空?

 Seal  none
 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 - light overall toning; removed from original mounting sheet; multiple pinholes repaired from back; left margin with some loss and discoloration and original binding holes
 Genre  shin hanga (new prints); nigao-e
 Format  koban
 H x W Paper  7 1/4 x 4 13/16 in. (18.4 x 12.2 cm) 
 H x W Image  6 9/16 x 4 3/8 in. (16.2 x 10.5 cm)
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10/18/2019 created