Actor triptychs

1835, Part II

 

Actors: Ichimura Uzaemon XII as the palanquin carrier Azuma no Yoshir˘ (吾妻の与四郎, left), Mimasu Daizabur˘ I as the the kamuro Tayori (禿たより, center), and Mimasu Gennosuke I as the palanquin carrier Naniwa no Jir˘saku (浪花の次郎作, right)

Play: Hana Sh˘bu Iro ni Aikata (菖蒲色相肩)

Date: 5th month of 1835

Theater: Ichimura

Publisher: Ise-ya Rihei

 

NOTE: ôKamuroö (禿 or かむろ) is sometimes politely defined as a courtesanĺs child-servant, but apprentice is a more correct translation.

Actors: Mimasu Gennosuke I as Naniwa no Jirosaku (浪花の次郎作, left), Mimasu Daizabur˘ I as the kamuro Tayori (禿たより, center), and Ichimura Uzaemon XII as Azuma no Yoshir˘ (あづまの与四郎, right)

Play: Hana Sh˘bu Iro ni Aikata (菖蒲色相肩)

Date: 5th month of 1835

Theater: Ichimura

Publisher: Kawaguchi-ya Uhei

 

NOTE: This triptych was actually designed by Kunisada in 1833 for the production of Hatsushibai Mutsumaji Soga (初芝居愛敬曽我) at the Nakamura Theater.á In the original version, which bears Kunisadaĺs signature, the actorsĺ names are Nakamura Shikan II as Naniwa no Jir˘saku (left), Iwai Tojaku I as Tayori (center), and Seki Sanjűr˘ II as Azuma no Yoshir˘ (right):

Actors: Iwai Shijaku I as Yoshibeiĺs wife Kuome, sister of Chokichi (left), Iwai Kumetar˘ as Ch˘kichi (長吉, center), and Band˘ Hikosabur˘ IV as Ume no Yoshibei (梅の由兵衛, right)

Play: Murasaki ni Somete Yoshibei (紫初由兵衛)

Date: 5th month of 1835

Theater: Nakamura

Publisher: Edo-ya Matsugor˘

 

NOTE: Iwai Shijakuĺs and Band˘ Hikosabur˘ĺs names are preceded by ôhaving just returned from Kamigataö (Kudari, 下り).á

I am grateful to Robert Pryor for this alternate state without any purple.

Actors: Band˘ Hikosabur˘ IV as Ume no Yoshibei (淪のよし兵衛, right)

Play: Murasaki ni Somete Yoshibei (紫初由兵衛)

Date: 5th month of 1835

Theater: Nakamura

Publisher: Kawaguchi-ya Sh˘z˘

 

NOTE: Band˘ Hikosabur˘ĺs name is preceded by ôhaving just returned from Kamigataö (kudari, 下り).á I am grateful to Robert Pryor for this image and information.á

Actors: Iwai Kumetar˘ as Ch˘kichi (長吉, left), Band˘ Hikosabur˘ IV as Ume no Yoshibei (梅の由兵衛, center), and Iwai Shijaku I as Koumeĺs wife (ny˘b˘ Koume, 女房小梅, right)

Play: Murasaki ni Somete Yoshibei (紫初由兵衛)

Date: 5th month of 1835

Theater: Nakamura

Publisher: Yamamoto-ya Heikichi

 

NOTE: Iwai Shijakuĺs and Band˘ Hikosabur˘ĺs names are preceded by ôhaving just returned from Kamigataö (kudari, 下り).á I am grateful to Robert Pryor for this image and information.á

Actors: Ichikawa Koisabur˘ as Benkei (弁慶, left) and Ichikawa Komaz˘ V as Ushiwakamaru (牛若丸, right)

Play: ďmi Genji senjin yakata (近江源氏先陣館)

Date: 5th month of 1835

Theater: Nakamura

Publisher: Kawaguchi-ya Sh˘z˘

 

I am grateful to Robert Pryor for this image.á

Title: Picture of the crowds visiting Rokuhara Kanzeon in the precincts of Shiba Shinmeigu (芝神明宮境内にて六波羅観世音開帳参詣群衆の図)

Description: Actors off stage with beautiful women

Actors: Left sheet: Band˘ Mitsugor˘ IV and an unidentified actor of the Band˘ line

Middle sheet: Morita Kanya, Band˘ Minosuke III and Iwai Hanshir˘ VI

Right sheet: Arashi Kamenoj˘ (?) and Sawamura Tossh˘ I

Date: 5thá month of 1835

Publisher:

Actors: Ichikawa Dansabur˘ V as Enj˘ Jizaemon (遠城治左衛門, left), Nakamura Shijűr˘ I as Ikuta Denpachi (生田伝八, center), and Ichikawa Komaz˘ V as Kihachir˘ (喜八郎, right)

Play: Katakiuchi Azuma Hakkei (敵討東八景)

Date: 6th month of 1835

Theater: Nakamura

Publisher: Edo-ya Matsugor˘

 

I am grateful to Lucienne Parkan for the image.

Actors: ďtani Tomoemon IV as Motoemon (元右衛門, left) and Iwai Kumetar˘ as Hayase Genjir˘ (源治郎, right)

Play: Matsuo denka chaya Atsumu (松王殿下茶屋聚)

Date: 7thá month of 1835

Theater: Nakamura

Publisher: Kawaguchi-ya Sh˘z˘

Actors: ďtani Tomoemon IV as Motoemon

Play: Matsuo denka chaya Atsumu (松王殿下茶屋聚)

Date: 7thá month of 1835

Theater: Nakamura

Publisher: Kawaguchi-ya Sh˘z˘

Actors: Band˘ Tamasabur˘ I as the woman of humble birth Osan (賎の女 お山, left) and Sawamura Tossh˘ I as駕かき気がる紀の助, both holding puppets

Play: Chigiri gusa tabiji no yomeiri (道行 契艸旅路の嫁入)

Date: 8th month of 1835

Theater: Morita

Publisher: Kawaguchi-ya Ch˘z˘

Actors: Sawamura Tossh˘ I as Enya Hangan (判官, left), Band˘ Mitsugor˘ IV as Takano Moronao (師直, center), and Ichikawa Danz˘ V as Honz˘ (本蔵, right)

Play: Kanadehon Chűshingura (仮名手本忠臣蔵)

Date: 8th month of 1835

Theater: Morita

Publisher: Yamamoto-ya Heikichi

I am grateful to Robert Pryor for this image of an alternate state with a plain foreground and without any purple.

Another state of the right sheet of the above triptych with the actorĺs name given as Band˘ Hikosabur˘ IV (坂東 彦三郎) instead of as Ichikawa Danz˘ V (市川 団蔵).á This may reflect a last-minute change in cast, or the reuse of existing woodblocks for a different production.

Actors: Band˘ Tamasabur˘ I as Osono (おその, left) and Sawamura Tossh˘ I as Amakawakaya Gihei (天川屋儀平, right)

Play: Kanadehon Chűshingura (仮名手本忠臣蔵)

Date: 8th month of 1835

Theater: Morita

Publisher: Kawaguchi-ya Sh˘z˘

 

NOTE: The left sheet of this diptych was actually designed by Kunisada in 1833.á It was reprinted in 1835 with Kuniyoshiĺs signature, a different face, and a few other changes.á The original Kunisada print shows Onoe Kikugor˘ III as Osono (おその) in the play Kanadehon Chűshingura, performed in the 8th month of 1833:

 

Actors: Left sheet: Sawamura Tossh˘ I as Enya Hangan (判官高貞)

Center sheet: Band˘ Tamasabur˘ I as Kaoyo (かほ世)

Right sheet: Band˘ Mitsugor˘ IV as Moronao (師直)

Play: Kanadehon Chűshingura (仮名手本忠臣蔵)

Date: 8th month of 1835

Theater: Morita

Publisher: Emi-ya Kichiemon (left sheet) and Yamaguchi-ya Tobei (center and right sheets)

Actors: Sawamura Tossh˘ I as Hayano Kanpei (早野勘平, left) and Ichikawa Sumiz˘ III as Ono Sadakur˘ (斧定九郎, right)

Play: Kanadehon Chűshingura (仮名手本忠臣蔵)

Date: 8th month of 1835

Theater: Morita

Publisher: Yamashiro-ya Sahei

 

NOTE: A modified version of this design was republished for the performance of Chűshin meimei kikigaki zosho in the 6th month of 1847.

Actors: Ichikawa Ichiyű I (市川 一友) as Sagisaka Bannai (鷺坂 伴内, left), Sawamura Tossh˘ I as Kanpei (勘平, center), and Band˘ Tamasabur˘ I as Okaru (おかる, right)

Play: Kanadehon Chűshingura (仮名手本忠臣蔵)

Date: 8th month of 1835

Theater: Morita

 

NOTE: This triptych depicts a dance with many quick changes of costume, which was performed between acts of Kanadehon Chűshingura.á This particular dance is titled Michiyuki tabiji no hanamuko (道行旅路の花聟), but it is also known as Ochiudo (落人).á This type of dance, with many quick costume changes, is known as a hengemono (変化物).á I am grateful to Lucienne Parkan for information about this triptych.

Actors: Iwai Hanshir˘ VI as Miyagino (百性与茂作娘 宮城, left), who together with her younger sister Iwai Shijaku I as Shinobu (百性与茂作の娘 夫信, right) is taking revenge on her fatherĺs murderer, Shiga Danshichi (志賀台七, center)

Play: Go taihei ki momiji no Manmaku (後太平記栬錦帳)

Date: 9th month of 1835

Theater: Nakamura

Publisher: Takenouchi Magohachi

Actors: Matsumoto K˘shir˘ V as Daifukuya S˘roku

Play: Go taihei ki momiji no Manmaku (後太平記栬錦帳)

Date: 9th month of 1835

Theater: Nakamura

Publisher: Kawaguchi-ya Ch˘z˘

 

I am grateful to Robert Pryor for this image.

Actors: from left to right: Onoe Kikugor˘ III as Osono, Onoe Kikugor˘ III as Ota Ry˘chiku (太田了竹), S˘riy˘ Jinroku II as Igo (伊吾), and Ichikawa Ebiz˘ V as Amakawakaya Gihei (天川屋義平)

Play: Kanadehon Chűshingura (仮名手本忠臣蔵)

Date: 9th month of 1835

Theater: Ichimura

Publisher: Kawaguchi-ya Ch˘z˘

 

NOTE: Both the left and center panels show Onoe Kikugor˘ III, and both are labeled as dual roles (futayaku, 二役).á

Actors: Ichimura Uzaemon XII as Horibe Yajibei (堀部弥次兵衛, left), Onoe Kikugor˘ III as Okaru (おかる, center), and Ichikawa Ebiz˘ V as Hayano Kanpei (早の勘平, right)

Play: Kanadehon Chűshingura (仮名手本忠臣蔵)

Date: 9th month of 1835

Theater: Ichimura

Publisher: Kawaguchi-ya Ch˘z˘

 

I am grateful to Marc DeVriese for this image.

I am grateful to Robert Pryor for this alternate state in which the center panel has different colors and is lacking a publisherĺs seal.

Actors: Left sheet: Ichikawa Ebiz˘ V as ďboshi Yuranosuke (大星由良之助)

Center sheet: Ichimura Uzaemon XII as Hangan (判官)

Right sheet: Kataoka Ichiz˘ as Yamana Jirozaemon and Band˘ Mitsugor˘ IV as Ishid˘ Umanoj˘

Play: Kanadehon Chűshingura (仮名手本忠臣蔵)

Date: 9th month of 1835

Theater: Ichimura

Publisher: Yamamoto-ya Heikichi

 

NOTE: This triptych reuses woodblocks originally carved for the production of Kanadehon Chűshingura in the 8th month of 1833.á The only change in the design is the substitution of Ichikawa Ebiz˘ V (市川 海老蔵) for Ichikawa Danz˘ V (市川 団蔵) in the role of ďboshi Yuranosuke.

Actors: Ichimura Uzaemon XII as Horibe Yatsubei (堀辺弥津兵衛, left), Ichikawa Ebiz˘ V as Hayano Kanpei (早野勘平, center), and Onoe Kikugor˘ III as Fuwa Katsuemon (不波勝右衛門, right)

Play: Kanadehon Chűshingura (仮名手本忠臣蔵)

Date: 9th month of 1835

Theater: Ichimura

Publisher: Izumi-ya Ichibei

 

I am grateful to Marc DeVriese for this image.

I am grateful to Robert Pryor for this alternate state.

Actors: Iwai Shijaku I as Yoshibei ny˘bo Koume (小梅, left) and Onoe Kikugor˘ as Kujaku Sabur˘ (孔雀三郎, right)

Play: Koi Murasaki Kiku no Iroito (濃紫菊色糸)

Date: 11th month of 1835

Theater: Nakamura

Publisher: Tsujioka-ya Bunsuke

 

I am grateful to Lucienne Parkan for information about this diptych.

Actors: Onoe Kikugor˘ III as Sakuramaru (桜丸, left) and Ichikawa Ebiz˘ V as Ume˘maru (梅王丸, right)

Play: Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami (菅原伝授手習鑑)

Date: 11th month of 1835

Theater: Nakamura

Publisher: Kawaguchi-ya Ch˘z˘

Actors: Matsumoto K˘shir˘ V as Matsu˘ (松王)

Play: Sugawara denju tenarai kagami (菅原伝授手習鑑)

Date: 11th month of 1835

Theater: Nakamura

Publisher: No seal

 

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

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