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Accounts of Recent Personalities: Ichikawa Danjuro IX in Kanjincho

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Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (aka Yoshitoshi), Japanese, (1839–1892)
Accounts of Recent Personalities: Ichikawa Danjuro IX in Kanjincho, c. 1887
Ink on Paper
11 15/16 in. x 8 13/16 in. (303.21 mm x 223.84 mm)


Object Type: Print
Technique: Wood-block Printing
Period: Meiji (Japan, 1869-1912)
Credit Line: Gift of Miss Lilian Miller
Accession Number: 44.1.8


Alternate Title: Kinsei jinbutsushi, Yamato shinbun furoku: No. 9
Full Title: Lives of Modern People, A Supplement of the Yamato Newspaper: Ichikawa Danjuro IX in Kanjincho

Commentary
“Accounts of Recent Personalities”
by Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (1839-1892), 1887

The artist Yoshitoshi provided illustrations for the daily newspaper Yamato shimbun to publish each month as a special supplement for subscribers. Like colorful “Sunday funnies” in American newspapers, these woodblock prints were designed to help sell newspapers, which was a newly imported medium for the Japanese. This series was a mixture of historical figures and contemporary celebrities, such as Danjuro IX shown in the kabuki play “Subscription List / Kanjincho.”

Marks
Japanese text across the top edge and in a box in the upper part of the image. On mat, in pencil: MI35, exhib. "Yoshitoshi" 11-12/86, Montgomery.

Medium
Colored ink woodblock on paper; oban.

Object Description
Yoshitoshi provided illustrations for the newspaper Yamato Shimbun in the 1880’s; he reported on heinous crimes and also featured celebrities of the kabuki stage, such as Ichikawa Danjuro IX (1838-1903). Like colorful Sunday funnies in American newspapers, these woodblock prints were designed to help sell newspapers, which was a newly imported medium for the Japanese. Ichikawa Danjuro is depicted here in the kabuki play Kanjincho (The Subscription List).

Publisher
The Yamato Newspaper Company.

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