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Kikugorō in the role of Sukeroku

Torii Kotondo (1900-1976)

Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Kikugorō in the role of Sukeroku

by Torii Kotondo, 1915

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

IHL Cat. #2175

About This Print

The one print was contributed by the fifteen-year-old Torii Kotondo to the first issue of the short-lived 1915 magazine Shin Nigao whose purpose was to advertise the Kabuki theater and renew interest in actor prints. This print pictures the actor Onoe Kikugorō VI (1885-1949) playing the role of Sukeroku in the play of the same name performed at the Ichimura-za in April 1915. Why the young Kotondo did not contribute additional prints is unknown, but during the same period he was creating illustrations for theater magazine Engei gahō 演藝畫報

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 #2175
 Title [Onoe] Kikugorō [in the role] of Sukeroku
  菊五郎 助六 (as titled on print and as printed in the table of contents of issue 1) 
 Series Magazine: Shin Nigao (New Portraits) volume one 新似顔 第一年初編
 Torii Kotondo (1900-1976)
Kotondo hitsu 言人 筆

 Seal none
 Date June 1915
 Edition First and only edition printed in magazine Shin Nigao
 Publisher Nigaodō 似顔洞
 Carver Igami Bonkotsu (1875-1933)
 Printer Nakamura Sanjirō 中村三次郎
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition good - light overall toning
 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 3/8 x 4 1/8 in. (16.2 x 10.5 cm)
 Collections This Print The British Museum 1991,1112,0.193.1 (entire magazine, only front cover shown); Art Research Center Ritsumeikan University BM-SJ193-01 (British Museum's copy of entire magazine with all pages shown)
 Reference Literature 
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8/5/2020 created