Onoe Kikugorō V as Washi no Chōkichi from the series One Hundred Roles of Baikō

Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Onoe Kikugorō V as Washi no Chōkichi

from the series One Hundred Roles of Baikō

by Toyohara Kunichika, 1893

Ichikawa Danjūrō IX as Mongaku Shonin from the series One Hundred Roles of Ichikawa Danjuro

IHL Cat. #2053

About This Print

The actor Onoe Kikugorō V (1844-1903) in the role of Washi no Chōkichi and, in the top inset, Kawarazaki Kunitarō I (1849-1867) as Tōgokuya musume Oyoshi, possibly in Kawatake Shinshichi II's play Yagura Daiko Otomo Yoshiwara.

For profiles of Onoe Kikugorō V and Kawarazaki Kunitarō please see the article The Kabuki Actor.

The Series "One Hundred Roles of Baikō"
Source: Time Present and Time Past: Images of a Forgotten Master: Toyohara Kunichika (1835-1900), Amy Reigle Newland, Hotei Publishing, 1999, p. 26, 27.

In 1893 Kunichika undertook a commission for two series of single-sheet portraits, each dedicated to the two most famous actors of their time, Ichikawa Danjūrō IX (1838-1903) and Onoe Kikugorō V (1844-1903).  The first of these, One hundred roles of Danjūrō, featured the major roles of Ichikawa Danjūrō IX in a set of half-length portraits.  (See print IHL Cat. #s 663, 689 and 701.) The second, One hundred roles of Baikō, featured the major roles of Onoe Kikugorō V and included an insert on the top of the print depicting a supporting actor.  Both the series were commissioned by Fukuda Kumajirō and Gusokuya Kahei. These two series are regarded as ‘monuments to his [Kunichika’s] career’.

The name "Baikō" in the series title was the haiku pen name of Onoe Kikugorō V and Kunichika was on friendly terms with him, often drinking tea and chatting backstage. 

Print Details

 IHL Catalog #2053
 Title (Description)Onoe Kikugorō V as Washi no Chōki and koshodai [deceased] Kawarazaki Kunitarō as Tōgokuya musume 
鷲の長吉 尾上菊五郎東国屋娘およし 故初代河原崎国太郎 
 Series One Hundred Roles of Baikō 梅幸百種之内 Baikō hyakushu no uchi
 Artist Toyohara Kunichika (1835–1900)
豊原国周筆 Toyohara Kunichika hitsu
 Seal Toshidama seal 年玉印 [see above]
 Publication Date
Note: date is trimmed from the left margin of this print but other impressions carry the incomplete date 明治廿 月 日 (Meiji 20). If the series' numbers on each print were issued in order, this print's publication date would have been Meiji 26 or 1893. 
 PublisherFukuda Kumajirō 福田熊次郎
seal: Ningyōchō Gusokuya, han 人形丁 具足屋 板
[Marks: pub. ref. 071; seal ref. 26-075]
Note: Publisher's name and seal is trimmed from the left margin
Nisei Hori Ei 二卋 彫栄
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition good - overall toning, left margin almost completely trimmed; backed
 Genre ukiyo-e; yakusha-e
 print number 五十七 57 in the series
Note: print number trimmed from the left margin
 Format vertical ban
 H x W Paper 
 14 3/8 x 9 5/8 in. (36.5 x 24.4 cm)
 H x W Image
 13 5/8 x 9 1/8 in. (34.6 x 23.2 cm)

 Collections This Print
 Waseda University Cultural Resource Database 007-2012, 007-3019;  Tokyo Metropolitan Library 加5968(63)/加05968(063)
last update:
4/16/2019 created