Kikugorō in the role of Jūjirō


Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Kikugorō in the role of Jūjirō

by Yamamura Toyonari, 1915

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

IHL Cat. #1964

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 Onoe Kikugorō VI in the role of Jūjirō in the play 太十 Taijū* staged at the Ichimura-za in June 1915. This print appeared in the 3rd issue of the magazine, published in August 1915.

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.

* This play is also known as Ehon Takōki and Taikōki

Print Details

 IHL Catalog #1964
[Onoe] Kikugorō [VI] [in the role of] Jūjirō
(菊五郎) 十次郎 (as printed on page print is tipped to, as shown below)
 Series Magazine: Shin Nigao (New Portraits) volume unknown 新似顔 第一年
 Yamamura Toyonari (1885-1942)
Kōka ga 耕花 画

Yamamura Kōka ga 山村耕花 畫

 Seal none
 Date August 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 - light overall toning
 Genre shin hanga (new prints); nigao-e
 Format koban
 H x W Paper print:  7 3/8 x 4 1/2 in. (18.7 x 11.4 cm) 
 mounting page: 10 x 7 in. (25.4 x 17.8 cm)
 Collections This Print The Tsubouchi Memorial Theatre Museum of Waseda University 201-0475; The British Museum 1991,1112,0.193.3 (entire magazine, only front cover shown); Art Research Center Ritsumeikan University BM-SJ193-03 (British Museum's copy of entire magazine with all pages shown)
 Reference Literature