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Shōchō in the role of Omatsu


Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Shōchō in the role of Omatsu

by Ogawa Hyōe, 1915

Sumizō as Hōkaibō

IHL Cat. #243

IHL Cat. #856

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.  This print, appearing in the second issue of the magazine, published in July 1915, depicts the actor Ichikawa Shōchō II 市川松蔦 (1886-1940) in the role of Omatsu in an unknown play. Shōchō is best remembered for his onnagata roles.

Ichikawa Shōchō II (1886-1940) in the title role in the
July–August 1929 Kabuki-za production of Tōjin Okichi

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 #243, #856
 Title/Description [Ichikawa] Shōchō [II] [in the role of] Omatsu 
 お松  松蔦
 Series Magazine: Shin Nigao (New Portraits) volume 2 新似顔 第一年
 Ogawa Hyōe (active c. 1915)
小川兵衛 畫 printed on page print was originally tipped to.
 Seal none
 Date July 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 excellent - pinhole in right side of wig on IHL Cat. #856
notation on verso of IHL Cat. #856
right column: Omatsu お松 Shōchō  松蔦
left column: Ogawa Hyōe 小川兵衛

 Genre shin hanga (new prints); nigao-e
 Format koban
 H x W Paper 7 1/4 x 4 3/4 in. (18.4 x 12.1 cm)
 Collections This PrintNational Museum of Asian Art S2003.8.1797; The Tsubouchi Memorial Theatre Museum of Waseda University 201-0460; The British Museum 1991,1112,0.193.2 (entire magazine, only front cover shown); Art Research Center Ritsumeikan University  BM-SJ193-02  (British Museum's copy of entire magazine with all pages shown); 
 Reference Literature
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