Sōnosuke in the role of Koharu


Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Sōnosuke in the role of Koharu

by Yamamura Toyonari, 1915

Onoe Kikugorō VI in the role of Jūjirō

IHL Cat. #242
IHL Cat. #1972

About This Print

This print is one of 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. Pictured is the actor Sawamura Sōnosuke in the role of Koharu.  The print on the left was removed from the magazine page it was mounted on and the print on the left remains mounted to its original page with the artist's name, actor's name and actor's role printed beneath it.

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 - Sawamura Sônosuke I

Source: Kabuki 21 website http://www.kabuki21.com/sonosuke1.php

Sawamura Sōnosuke I (1886-1924) was a talented onnagata actor, who unfortunately died before reaching the peak of his promising career. He was equally at home in sewamono and jidaimono dramas. He was outstanding in Princess and had the chance in his short career to perform the sanhime roles. He was also a good nimaime. He did not confine himself to the kabuki classics and took part in the creations of new dramas or the adaptation in Japanese of European modern dramas.

Print Details

 IHL Catalog  #242, #1972
 Title  Sōnosuke as Koharu (宗之助の小春 Sōnosuke no Koharu) - printed in upper right of image.

(宗之助) 小春 - as printed on the presentation page.
 Magazine  Shin Nigao (New Portraits) volume unknown 新似顔 第一年?編
 Yamamura Toyonari (1885-1942)
Yamamura Kōka ga 山村耕花 畫 - printed on original display page. 
 Date  1915
 Edition  First and only edition printed in magazine Shin Nigao
 Publisher  Nigaodō 似顔洞
 Carver  Igami Bonkotsu (1875-1933)
 Impression  IHL Cat. #242 and #1972: excellent
 Colors  IHL Cat. #242 and #1972 :excellent
 Condition  IHL Cat. #242 and #1972 :good - light soiling
 Genre  shin hanga (new prints); nigao-e
 Format  Koban
 H x W Paper  IHL Cat. #242: 7 1/4 x 4 5/8 in. (18.6 x 11.7 cm)
 IHL Cat. #1972 mounting page: 10 x 7 in. (25.4 x 17.8 cm)
 IHL Cat. #1972 print: 7 1/4 x 4 5/8 in. (18.6 x 11.7 cm)
 Collections This Print  The Tsubouchi Memorial Theatre Museum of Waseda University 201-0471; Smithsonia Freer|Sackler S2003.8.3438
 Reference Literature  Shin-Hanga: New Prints in Modern Japan, Kendall Brown, Hollis Goodall-Cristante, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1996, p.49, fig. 52.
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