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.

The Tsubouchi Memorial Theatre Museum database for this print lists Nakamura Kichiemon as the actor portrayed in this print (Cast: <1> 中村 吉右衛門), however, a Mita Arts Catalog lists the actor as Kōshirō (幸四郎) in the role of Mitsuhide (光秀).  If the actor is Kōshirō, it would be 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.  My guess is the actor is Kōshirō.

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  Kōshirō 幸四郎 in the role of Mitsuhide 光秀 (also identified as Kichiemon 吉右衛門 in the role of Mitsuhide)
 Magazine  Shin Nigao (New Portraits) volume unknown 新似顔 第一年?編
 Artist
 Yamamura Toyonari (1885-1942)
 Signature
 Koka ga 耕花 画
 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 - 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
 Reference Literature  Stars of the Tokyo Stage, Lucie Folan, et. al., National Gallery of Australia, 2012, p. 30.
last revision:
11/19/2018

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