Kōshirō in the role of Mitsuhide

 

Japanese Color Woodblock Print

 Kōshirō in the role of Mitsuhide

by Yamamura Toyonari, 1915


IHL Cat. #244

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. Depicting the actor Matsumoto Kōshirō VII in the role of Mitsuhide in the play Taikōki onna bunko太功記婦女文庫 at the Imperial Theater (Teikoku Gekijō), this print appeared in the fourth issue of the magazine, published in October 1915.

Matsumoto Kōshirō VII 松本幸四郎 (1870-1949), one of the leading tachiyaku Kabuki actors of Japan's Meiji period (1868–1912) through the late 1940s. 

An image of this collection's print was provided to the National Gallery of Australia and appears in the catalog to their 2012-2013 exhibition Stars of the Tokyo Stage.1 

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.

1 Stars of the Tokyo Stage, Lucie Folan, et. al., National Gallery of Australia, 2012, p. 30.


Print Details

 IHL Catalog  #244
 Title  [Matsumoto] Kōshirō [VII] [in the role of] Mitsuhide 
 幸四郎 光秀 (as printed on page print was originally tipped to)
 
 Magazine  Shin Nigao (New Portraits) volume unknown 新似顔 第一年
 Artist
 Yamamura Toyonari (1885-1942)
 Signature
Kōka ga 耕花 画

山村豊成 畫 Yamamura Toyonari ga (as printed on page print was originally to)

 Seal  none
 Date  October 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  good - wrinkling to bottom left side of print
 Miscellaneous  
 Genre  shin hanga (new prints); nigao-e
 Format  koban
 H x W Paper  7 1/4 x 4 1/2 in. (18.6 x 11.4 cm)
 Collections This Print  The Tsubouchi Memorial Theatre Museum of Waseda University 201-0475; The British Museum 1991,1112,0.193.4 (entire magazine, only front cover shown); Art Research Center Ritsumeikan University BM-SJ193-04  (British Museum's copy of entire magazine with all pages shown)
 Reference Literature  Stars of the Tokyo Stage, Lucie Folan, et. al., National Gallery of Australia, 2012, p. 30.
last revision:
7/31/2020
11/19/2018

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