Actor triptychs

1815-1829

 

Actors: Nakamura Utaemon III as Omiwa (おみわ, left) and Ichikawa Ichiz˘ I as Kanawagor˘ Imakuni (金ハ五郎今国, right)

PlayImoseyama onna teikin (妹背山婦女庭訓Imoseyama, an Example of Womanly Virtue)

Date: 7th month of 1815

Theater: Nakamura

Publisher: Yamamoto-ya Heikichi

 

I am grateful to Robert Pryor for this image.á

Actors: Nakamura Utaemon III as Shundo Jiroemon

Play: Katakiuchi tsuzure no nishiki (敵討襤褸錦敵討襤褸錦)

Date: 9th month of 1815

Theater: Nakamura

Publisher:

Actors: Onoe Baik˘ III as Ushiwaka (牛若, left) and Nakamura Utaemon III as Kiichi [H˘gen] (鬼一, right)

Play: Kiichi H˘gen sanryaku no maki (Kiichi H˘genĺs Book of Strategy, 鬼一法眼三略巻)

Date: 10th month of 1815

Theater: Nakamura

Publisher: Yamamoto-ya Heikichi

Actors: Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VII as Kumasaka Chohan (熊坂長はん, left), Iwai Hanshir˘ V as Hachijo no tsubone (為とものてかけ八丈局, center), and Asao Yujir˘ I as Tosa Jir˘ Masatoshi (土佐次郎昌俊, right)

Play: Kiyomori Eiga no Utena (清盛栄花台)

Date: 11th month of 1816

Theater: Kawarasaki

Publisher: Iwato-ya Kisabur˘á

 

NOTE: Each sheet is signed ôSaih˘sha Kuniyoshi gaö (採芳舎 国芳 ), a signature Kuniyoshi used early in his career.

Actors: Iwai Hanshir˘ V as Sakurahime (桜姫, left) and Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VII as Tsurigane Gonsuke (right)

Play: Sakura Hime Azuma Bunsh˘ (桜姫東文章)

Date: 3rd month of 1817

Theater: Kawarasaki

Publisher:

Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VII as Agemaki no Sukeroku & Matsumoto Koshir˘ V as Hige no Ikyu 'Sukeroku yukari no Edo zakura' at the Tamakawa (3)1819

Actors: Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VII as Agemaki no Sukeroku and Matsumoto Koshir˘ V as Hige no Ikyu (standing)

Play: Sukeroku Yukari no Edo Zakura (助六所縁江戸桜, Sukeroku, Flower of Edo)

Date: 3rd month of 1819

Theater: Tamakawa

Publisher:

 

NOTE: This print is about 13 by 5 inches (33 by 14.5 centimeters), a size known as hosoban.á

Actors: Onoe Kikugor˘ III as Ono Sadakur˘ (斧定九郎)

Play: Kiku no entsuki no shiranami (菊宴月白浪)

Theater: Kawarazaki

Date: 9th month of 1821

Publisher: Kawaguchi-ya Sh˘z˘

 

I am grateful to John Scott for this image and to Robert Pryor for information about the print.

Actors: Left sheet: Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VII as Hiki no Hangan Yorikazu and Band˘ Mitsuemon I as Shikama Takube

Right sheet: Iwai Shijaku I as Izayoi no Rin, wife of Sanpei

PlayKanadehon Chűshingura (仮名手本忠臣蔵)

Date: 1st month of 1824

Theater: Ichimura

Publisher: Azuma-ya Daisuke

Actors: Iwai Shijaku I as Onoe (尾上, left) and Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VII as Iwafuji (岩藤, right)

Play: Botan ni cho itsuka fumibako (牡丹蝶初筐)

Date: 3rd month of 1824

Theater: Ichimura

Publisher: Azuma-ya Daisuke

 

NOTE: The character called Onoe (尾上) in this play us usually called Ohatsu (お初).á I am grateful to Lucienne Parkan for this image.

Actors: Left sheet: Onoe Kikugor˘ III as Hikos˘ (彦惣, in purple) and Segawa Kikunoj˘ V as Kojor˘ (小金, female role)

Right sheet: Onoe Kikugor˘ III as Tamaya Shinbei (玉屋新兵衛) and Seki Sanjűr˘ II as Ukai Kujűr˘ (鵜飼九十郎, on top)

Play: Hanagumori sato no getakasa (花曇艶街下駄傘, Wooden Sandals and Umbrellas on a Cloudy Day amidst Cherry Blossoms)

Date: 3rd month of 1824

Theater: Nakamura

Publisher: Azuma-ya Daisuke

Actors: Left sheet: Segawa Kikunoj˘ V as the geisha Osaku

Right sheet: Ichikawa Monnosuke III as the geisha Oyoshi (standing) ans Iwai Kumesabur˘ II as the kamuro Chidoriá

Play: 酒償色三肩(possibly read as Sadashi Mashiro no Sanmai

Date: 5th month of 1824

Theater: Nakamura

Publisher: Azuma-ya Daisuke

 

I am grateful to Lucienne Parkan for this image.á

Actors: Iwai Kumesabur˘ II as the courtesan Koman (けいしやだつきの小まん, left), Matsumoto K˘shir˘ V as Satsuma Gengobŕ (さつま源五兵衛 実ハ不破数右衛門, center), and Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VII as Sasanoya Sangor˘ (笹のや舟頭三五郎, right)

Play: Kamikakete Sango taisetsu (盟三五大切)

Theater: Nakamura

Date: 9th month of 1825

Publisher: Matsumura Tatsuemon

 

I am grateful to Lucienne Parkan for this image.

Actors: Onoe Kikugor˘ III as Rokusabur˘ (六三郎)

Play: Keisei Date no Kikigaki (けいせい伊達抄)

Date: 1st month of 1826

Theater:

Publisher: Kawaguchi-ya Sh˘z˘

Actors: Iwai Kumesabur˘ II as wife (ny˘b˘) Otoku (女房 お徳, left), Seki Sanjűr˘ II in his farewell performance (before going on tour) as Matahei (onagori Matahei, 御名残又平, center), and Mimasu Moriz˘ as the maidservant (gejo, 下女, right)

Play: Keisei hangonk˘ (けいせい反魂香)

Date: 9th month of 1826

Theater: Nakamura

Publisher: Matsumura Tatsuemon

 

I am grateful to Robert Pryor for this image and information.

1826-9Keisei

Actors: Segawa Kikunoj˘ V as Kojor˘ (小女郎)

Play: Keisei hangonk˘ (けいせい反魂香)

Date: 9th month of 1826

Theater: Nakamura

Publisher: Matsumura Tatsuemon

 

I am grateful to Marc DeVriese for this image.

Actors: Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VII (left), Band˘ Mitsugor˘ III (center), and Iwai Kumesabur˘ II (right) in unidentified roles

Play: Ise Heishi Rish˘ no kaomise (伊勢平氏恵顔鏡)

Date: 11th month of 1826

Theater: Ichimura

Publisher: Tsuru-ya Kiemon

 

I am grateful to Lucienne Parkan for identifying this image.

Another state of the above design

Actors: Band˘ Mitsugor˘ III (left), Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VII (center), and Iwai Kumesabur˘ II (right) in unidentified roles

Play: Ise Heishi Rish˘ no kaomise (伊勢平氏恵顔鏡)

Date: 11th month of 1826

Theater: Ichimura

Publisher: Matsumura Tatsuemon

 

I am grateful to Lucienne Parkan for identifying this image.

Actors: Sawamura Tossh˘ I as Shirasuka Rokur˘ leaning on a naginata (left), ďtani Tomoemon II as Saito Dozan holding a scroll (center), and Ichimura Uzaemon XII as Takeda Katsuyori (武田勝頼) standing near a house (right)

Play: Honch˘ Nijűshik˘ (本朝廿四孝, 24 Examples of Filial Piety in Japan)

Date: 3rd month of 1827

Theater: Ichimura

Publisher: Yamada-ya Sh˘bei

Triptych title: Nissaka Station Area [on the Tokaido] (Nissaka Iriyama Tsumura no ba, 日坂入山津村の場)

Actors: Band˘ Mitsugor˘ III as Teranishi Kanshin, in reality Date no Yosaku (寺西かんしん 実ハ丹波与作, left), Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VII as Edobei, in reality Fujikawa Mizuemon (江戸平 実ハ藤川水右衛門, center), and Onoe Kikugor˘ III as Nippon Daemon (二本駄右衛門, right)

Play: Hitori tabi Gojusan tsugi (独道中五十三駅)

Date: 6th month of 1827

Theater: Kawarasaki

Publisher: Kawaguchi-ya Uhei

 

NOTE: The flames indicate that there is something supernatural happening

Kuniyoshi - (mask, hole) L- Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VII; C- Onoe Kikugor˘ III as Shirai Gonpachi; R- Onoe Kikugor˘ III as Jinenjo Koz˘ Sankichi, Iwai Kumesabur˘ II as Shigenoi-hime in 'Hitori tabi Gojusan tsugi' (6)1827

Triptych title: The Scene of the Suzuka Mountains at Minakuchi and the Noji Jewel River at Kusatsu (水口すゞか山場 草津のぢの玉川, Minakuchi Suzukayama no ba, Kusatsu Noji no Tamagawa)

Actors: Left sheet: Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VII as Yui Minbunosuke (由井民部之助)

Center sheet: Onoe Kikugor˘ III as Shirai Gonpachi (白井権八) holding the severed head of the demon ďeyama (Shuten-d˘ji)

Right sheet: Onoe Kikugor˘ III as Jinenjo Koz˘ Sankichi (しねんしよこぞう三吉) and Iwai Kumesabur˘ II as Shigenoi-hime (重の井姫)

Play: Hitori tabi Gojusan tsugi (独道中五十三駅)

Date: 6th month of 1827

Theater: Kawarasaki

Publisher: Yamaguchi-ya Tobei

I am grateful to Robert Pryor for this variant of the above design.

Actors: Band˘ Tamasabur˘ as the courtesan Higaki (おはん, left) and Onoe Kikugor˘ III as Kuwanaya Tokuz˘ (桑名や徳蔵, right)

PlayHitori tabi Gojusan tsugi (独道中五十三駅)

Date: 6th month of 1827

TheaterKawarasaki

Publisher: ďmi-ya Heihachi

 

I am grateful to Robert Pryor for information about this diptych.

Sheet from another state of the above design without floorboards.

Actors: Left sheet: Iwai Kumesabur˘ II as Giheiĺs wife Osono (おその)

Right sheet: Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VII as Gihei (儀兵衛) and Band˘ Mitsugor˘ III as ďboshi Yuranosuke (大星由良之助)

Play: Kanadehon Chűshingura (仮名手本忠臣蔵), Act 10

Theater: Ichimura

Date: 7th month of 1827

Publisher: Kawaguchi-ya Uhei

 

I am grateful to Milan Kulheim for the left sheet, to Lucienne Parkan for the right sheet, and to Horst Graebner for information about the diptych.

Actors: Iwai Kumesabur˘ II as Okaru (おかる)

PlayKanadehon Chűshingura (仮名手本忠臣蔵), Act VII

Date: 7th month of 1827

Theater: Ichimura

Publisher: Takahashi-ya Takakichi (榮 高橋屋)

 

NOTE:á The identification of the performance is tentative.á Iwai Kumesabur˘ II played the role of Okaru four times: 1825, 1827, 1830 and 1832.á An additional problem is that, according to Publishers of Japanese Woodblock Prints: A Compendium by Andreas Marks, the publisher Takahashi-ya Takakichi was active c. 1844-1847, suggesting that the woodblocks were purchased from the original publisher and reissued.á I am grateful to Frederik Balhuizen and Josta Klaassen for this image, and to Lucienne Parkan and Horst Graebner for information about the print.á

Actors: Segawa Kikunoj˘ V (left), Nakamura Shikan II (center) and Iwai Hanshir˘ V (right)

Play: Kinbusen Yosooi Genji (金峯山艶色源氏)

Date: 11th month of 1827

Theater: Nakamura

Publisher: Kaga-ya Kichiemon

Actors: Arashi Kamenoj˘ II as Tamao hime (玉折姫, left) and Nakamura Shikan II as Kumagai Jiro Naozane (熊谷次郎直実, right)

Play: Ichinotani futaba gunki (一谷嫩軍記)

Date: 3rd month of 1828

Theater: Nakamura

Publisher: Kawaguchi-ya Ch˘z˘

 

I am grateful to Robert Pryor for this image.

Actors: Band˘ Mitsugor˘ III as Yogor˘ (与五郎, left), Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VII as Taheiji (太平次, center) and Iwai Kumesabur˘ II as ny˘b˘ Oyone (与五郎女房およね, right)

Play: Ehon gapp˘ gatsuji (絵本合法衢)

Date: 9th month of 1828

Theater: Ichimura

Publisher: Kawaguchi-ya Uhei

 

NOTE: The object in the left-upper corner is a group of straw sandals (waraji, 草鞋 ) bound together.á

Actor: Ichikawa Komaz˘ V as Ushiwakamaru (牛若丸), Gengobei (源五兵衛), Sangobei (三五兵衛), Kisanta (喜三太), and as ☆ヶ谷

Date: 1828

Publisher: Kawaguchi-ya Sh˘z˘á

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