Actor triptychs

1839

 

Diptych title: 濃楓色三股 こいもみじいろのみつまた

Actors: Left sheet: Sawamura Tossh˘ I as Ashikaga Yorikane (足利よりかね) with musicians 常磐津 小文字太夫 II and 常磐津 組太夫

Right sheet: Onoe Eizabur˘ III as the courtesan Takao (けいせい高尾) with musicians 佐々木 市太郎 and 佐々木 八五郎

Play: Date kurabe wakayagi Soga (伊達競陽向曽我)

Theater: Kawarasaki

Date: 1st month of 1839

Publisher: Maru-ya Seijir˘

Kuniyoshi - Sawamura Tossh˘ I as Soga Gor˘ Tokimune (L), Band˘ Mitsugor˘ IV as Kudo Saemon (C) & Iwai Tojaku I as Maidzuru (R) in 'Soga no Taimen', (1)1835, 100-1782 to 84

Triptych title: Kichirei no taimen (吉例の対面), another name for the play, Soga no taimen on center sheet and Shoshun kichirei no taimen (初春吉例の対面) on right and left sheets

Actors: Sawamura Tossh˘ I as Soga Gor˘ Tokimune (五郎時宗, left), Band˘ Mitsugor˘ IV as Kud˘ Saemon (工藤左衛門祐経, center), and Iwai Tojaku I as Maidzuru (まいづる, right)

Play: Soga no taimen (The Felicitous Soga Encounter, 曽我の対面)

Date: 1st month of 1839

Theater: Kawarasaki

Publishersĺ seals: Kawaguchi-ya Ch˘z˘ (seal ,á 川長) on center and right sheets, Fushimi-ya Zenroku (seal ) on left sheet

 

NOTE: This triptych is listed on the website of the Tsubouchi Memorial Theatre Museum at Waseda University as being from the play Musubi dai Soga to karigane (結題曽我雁), performed in the 1st month of 1835.áá The seals of two different publishers and two different titles make the assignation of this triptych unclear and raise the possibility that the sheets are from different triptychs.

Actors: Band˘ Mitsugor˘ IV as Kud˘ Saemon Suketsune (工藤左衛門祐経)á

Play: Soga no taimen (The Felicitous Soga Encounter, 曽我の対面)

Date: 1st month of 1839

Theater: Kawarasaki

Publisher: Kawaguchi-ya Sh˘z˘ (seal name 川正)

 

I am grateful to Sergey Tolstoguzov for this image.

Actors: Arashi Kamenoj˘ ( 亀之丞) as Maidzuru (まいづる, left) and Sawamura Tossh˘ I as Soga Gor˘ Tokimune (五郎時宗, right)

Play: Soga no taimen (The Felicitous Soga Encounter, 曽我の対面)

Date: 1st month of 1839

Theater: Kawarasaki

Publisher: Edo-ya Matsugor˘

 

NOTE: The large objects are kadomatsu, traditional Japanese decorations made for the new year.á Kadomatsu were often made with pine wood, but these days bamboo is more common.á

Actors: Ichimura Uzaemon XII as farmer (hyakush˘) Isaku (百性一作, left) and Arashi Rikan II as Takechi Mitsuhide (武智光秀, right)

Play: Gosho ˘gi masago no shiranami (館扇面真砂白浪)

Theater: Ichimura

Date: 2nd month of 1839

Publisher: J˘shű-ya Jűz˘

 

I am grateful to Lucienne Parkan for this image.

Actors: Ichimura Uzaemon XII as ny˘b˘ Otoha (女房 おとは, left), Arashi Rikan II as Iwakawa (岩川, center), and Ichikawa Kuz˘ II as Tetsugatake (鉄ヶ嶽, right)

Play: Haruzu m˘hi iki no koa bure (春相撲御摂顔触)

Theater: Ichimura

Date: 2nd month of 1839

Publisher: Edo-ya Matsugor˘

Actors: Iwai Shijaku I as Izayoi (十六夜, left) and Nakamura Utaemon IV as Inada Kozo (稲田幸蔵, right)

Play: Iwai uta Soga no kaomise (岩井歌曽我対面)

Theater: Nakamura

Date: 2nd month of 1839

Publisher: Izumi-ya Ichibei

Another state with a solid yellow cartouche

Actors from left: Nakamura Utaemon IV as Tanzen (丹前) and the Heron Maiden (鷺娘)

Nakamura Utaemon IV as Sukeroku (助六) and his wife (旁妻)

Nakamura Utaemon IV as a boatman (船乗) and the Celestial Maiden (天女)

Nakamura Utaemon IV as Ameuri no Sekish˘ (飴売の夕照) and in an unidentified role

Play: Hanagoyomi iro no showake (花翫暦色所八景)

Theater: Nakamura

Date: 3rd month of 1839

Publisher: J˘shű-ya Kinz˘

 

I am grateful to Lucienne Parkan for this image.

I am grateful to Robert Pryor for these prints from other states.

Actors: Sawamura Tossho I as Kinshoj˘ (錦祥女, left), Ichikawa Danz˘ V as Gojogun Kanki (甘輝, center), and Ichikawa Ebiz˘ V as Watonai sankan (和藤内, right)

Play: Kokusenya kassen (国姓爺合戦, The Battle of Coxinga)

Theater: Kawarasaki

Date: 3rd month of 1839

Publisher: Ise-ya Sanjir˘

Actors: Onoe Eizabur˘ III as Magaki (まがき, left), Sawamura Tossh˘ I as yakko Tsumahira (妻平, center), and Ichikawa Ebiz˘ V as Dankur˘ (団九郎, right)

Play: Toki nisa iwai sakura no irodoki (則幸桜色薗)

Theater: Kawarasaki

Date: 3rd month of 1839

Publisher: Yamaguchi-ya Tobei

Actors: Iwai Shijaku I as wife Sekijo (女房関女, left), Nakamura Utaemon IV as Gotobei (五斗兵衛, center), and Band˘ Hikosabur˘ IV as Senzabur˘ (泉三郎, right)

Play: Yoshitsune Koshigoe-j˘ (義経腰越状, Yoshitsuneĺs Letter from Koshigoe)

Theater: Nakamura

Date: 4th month of 1839

Publisher: Fujioka-ya Hikotar˘

Actors: Ichikawa Komaz˘ V as Issun Tokubei (一寸徳兵衛, left), Ichikawa Yaoz˘ V as Tsurifune (つりふねの三婦, center), and Band˘ Hikosabur˘ IV as Danshichi Kurobei (団七 九郎兵衛, right)

Play: Natsu matsuri Naniwa kagami (夏祭浪花鑑)

Date: 5th month of 1839

Theater: Nakamura

Publisher: Fujioka-ya Hikotar˘

Actors: Sawamura Tossh˘ I as Issun Tokubei (一寸徳兵衛, left), Onoe Eizabur˘ III as Danshichi nyobo Okaji (女房おかぢ, center), and Ichikawa Ebiz˘ V as Danshichi Kurobei (団七, right)

Play: Natsu matsuri Naniwa kagami (夏祭浪花鑑)

Date: 5th month of 1839

Theater: Nakamura

Publisher: Izumi-ya Ichibei

 

NOTE: The screen painting is signed by Kuniyoshiĺs student Ikkosai Yoshitora (一猛斎芳虎画), who is better known as Utagawa Yoshitora.á I am grateful to Robert Pryor for this image.

Actors: Band˘ Mitsugor˘ IV as Issun Tokubei (一寸徳兵衛, left), Ichikawa Ebiz˘ V as Danshichi Kurobei (団七九郎兵衛, center), and Onoe Eizabur˘ III as Okaji (おかぢ, right)

Play: Natsu matsuri Naniwa kagami (夏祭浪花鑑)

Date: 5th month of 1839

Theater: Nakamura

Publisher: Yamamoto-ya Heikichi

 

I am grateful to Lucienne Parkan for this image.

Actors: Two different states of Ichikawa Ebiz˘ V as Danshichi Kurobei (団七 九郎兵衛)

Play: Natsu matsuri Naniwa kagami (夏祭浪花鑑)

Date: 5th month of 1839

Theater: Nakamura

Publisher: Kawaguchi-ya Ch˘z˘

Actors: Onoe Eizabur˘ III as Danshichi nyobo Okaji (おかぢ, left), Ichikawa Ebiz˘ V as Danshichi Kurobei (団七 九郎兵衛, center), and Kataoke Ichiz˘ I as Mikawaya Giheiji (義平次, right)

Play: Natsu matsuri Naniwa kagami (夏祭浪花鑑)

Date: 5th month of 1839

Theater: Nakamura

Publisher: Kawaguchi-ya Ch˘z˘

 

I am grateful to Robert Pryor for this image.

Actors: Kataoke Ichiz˘ I as Mikawaya Giheiji (義平次, left) and Ichikawa Ebiz˘ V as Danshichi Kur˘bei (団七 九郎兵衛, right)

Play: Natsu matsuri Naniwa kagami (夏祭浪花鑑)

Date: 5th month of 1839

Theater: Nakamura

Publisher: Yamamoto-ya Heikichi

 

NOTE:á This diptych was actually designed by Toyokuni II (Toyoshige) for the 1831 production of the same play:

 

The actorsĺ faces, the actorsĺ names, and the artistĺs signature were recut.á I am grateful to Robert Pryor for this information.

Actors: Nakamura Utaemon IV as Shinshichi (新七, left) and Iwai Shijaku I as the geisha Osame (げいしゃおさわ, right)

Play: Chűk˘ gishi no Yurai (忠孝義士由良意)

Date: 7th month of 1839

Theater: Nakamura

Publisher: Izumi-ya Ichibei

 

NOTE: This play is a different version of Chűshingura story.

Actors: Left sheet: Ichikawa Yaoz˘ IV as Momonoi Wakasanosuke (若狭之助) and Iwai Shijaku I as Lady Kaoyo (かほよ御ぜん)

Center sheet: Nakamura Utaemon IV as K˘u no Moronao (師直)

Right sheet: Band˘ Hikosabur˘ IV as Enĺya Hangan (塩谷判官)

Play: Chűk˘ gishi no Yurai (忠孝義士由良意)

Date: 7th month of 1839

Theater: Nakamura

Publisher: S˘shű-ya Yohei

 

NOTE: Scene is like the first act of Kanadehon Chűshingura

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

Actors: Left sheet: Nakamura Utaemon IV as Hakata Shinshichi (博多新七) and Ichikawa Yaoz˘ V as gy˘ji (merchant boss) Sh˘zabur˘ (行司庄三郎)

Center sheet: Band˘ Hikosabur˘ IV as Nagatoya Kohee (長門屋小兵衛) and Band˘ Sajűr˘ as Fukushimaya Sahei (福嶋や佐兵衛)

Right sheet: Seki Kasuke as Moriyama Gunbei (森山郡兵衛) and Iwai Shijaku I as the geisha Osame (芸者 おさめ)

Play: Daishigawara Rish˘ no Tsumagushi (大師河原利棲櫛)

Date: 7th month of 1839

Theater: Nakamura

Publisher: Fujioka-ya Hikotar˘

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

Actors: Left sheet: Sawamura Tossh˘ I as Onoenosuke (尾上之助)

Center sheet: Ichikawa Kuz˘ II as shimobe (retainer) Hatsuhei (下部初平)

Right sheet: Ichikawa Ebiz˘ V as Iwafuji Saemon (岩藤左衛門)

Play: Sono mukashi koi no edozome (其往古恋江戸染)

Date: 7th month of 1839

Theater: Kawarasaki

Publisher: Izumi-ya Ichibei

 

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

Actors: Ichimura Uzaemon XII as Katsugor˘ (勝五郎, left) and Arashi Kishisabur˘ III as Takiguchi Ueno (滝口上野, right)

Play: Hakonegon genrei genki (箱根権現霊験記)

Date: 8th month of 1839

Theater: Nakamura

Publisher: Daikoku-ya Heikichiá

 

NOTE: The right-hand sheet was recut from woodblocks illustrating the play Kuruwa kuruwa date no ˘yose.á The face and text were altered from the original published in the 2nd month of 1836.

Two additional states of a sheet from the above diptych

Actors: Band˘ Hikosabur˘ IV as Yodohira (よど平, left), Iwai Shijaku I as Gion no Okaji (ぎをんのお梶, center), and Nakamura Utaemon IV as the ghost Seigen (清玄, right)

Play: Sekai wa Yoshida Sato no inazuma (世吉田花街稲妻)

Date: 9th month of 1839

Theater: Nakamura

Publisher: J˘shű-ya Kinz˘

 

I am grateful to Robert Pryor for this image.

Another state of the above design.

Woodblocks from the preceding triptych were repurposed to create this print of the actor Iwai Tojaku (岩井杜若), possibly in the role of Miyagino no Onobu (みやぎ之のお之ぶ), but the reading is uncertain.á

Actors: Left sheet: Nakamura Utaemon IV as Monogusa Taro (物草太郎)

Right sheet: From Kansai (下り) Nakamura Kaharu as Sanzaĺs wife (ny˘b˘) Katsuragi (山三女房 かつらき) and Asao Okuyama IV as Hasebe Unkoku (長谷部雲谷)

Play: Sekai wa Yoshida Sato no inazuma (世吉田花街稲妻)

Date: 9th month of 1839

Theater: Nakamura

Publisher: Fujioka-ya Hikotar˘

 

NOTE: The screen is signed ô一英斎芳艶画ö by Kuniyoshiĺs student Yoshitsuya.á

I am grateful to Robert Pryor for this simplified state.á

Actors: Iwai Shijaku I as Okuni Gozen (御国御前, left) and Nakamura Utaemon IV as Fuwa Banzaemon (不破伴左衛門, right)

Play: Sekai wa Yoshida Sato no inazuma (世吉田花街稲妻)

Date: 9th month of 1839

Theater: Nakamura

Publisher: Izumi-ya Ichibei

Another state of the above diptych

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