Actor triptychs

1840, Part I

 

Actors: Iwai Shijaku I as Rokushaku Kotani (女六人小谷, left) and Ichikawa Danz˘ V as Sanshichir˘ Nobutaka (三七郎信孝, right)

Play: Keisei Haru no Tori (けいせい青陽鷦)

Date: 1st month of 1840

Theater: Kado (in Osaka)

Publisher: Kawaguchi-ya Ch˘z˘á

 

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

Actors: Onoe Kumesabur˘ III as geisha Koito (芸者小糸, left), Onoe Kikugor˘ III as Omatsuri Sashichi (お祭佐七, center), and Ichikawa Ebiz˘ V as Hantoki Kurobei (半時九郎兵衛, right)

Play: Ume saku ya wakagiba Soga (梅咲若木場曽我)

Date: 1st month of 1840

Theater: Kawarazaki

Publisher: Kawaguchi-ya Sh˘z˘

 

I am grateful to Lucienne Parkan for this image.

Actors: Ichimura Uzaemon XII as Yokichi (男達 与吉, left), Iwai Shijaku I as Keishiya (仲町 けいしや, center), and Nakamura Utaemon IV as the sum˘ wrestler Shirafuji Genta (関取 白藤源太, right)

Play: Koi zum˘ yawaragi Soga (戀相撲和合曾我)

Date: 2nd month of 1840

Theater: Ichimura

Publisher: S˘shű-ya Yohei

Actors: Nakamura Utaemon IV as the greengrocer (yaoya) Hanbei (八百屋半兵衛)

Play: Shimekazari otakara Soga (七五三翫宝曽我)

Date: 2nd month of 1840

Theater: Ichimura

Publisher: Yamamoto-ya Heikichi

Actors: Onoe Kikugor˘ III as Ohan (おはん, left) and Ichikawa Ebiz˘ V as Obiya Choemon (長右衛門, right)

Play: Go chumon shusu no Obiya (御注文繻子帯屋)

Date: 3rd month of 1840

Theater: Kawarasaki

Publisher: Fujioka-ya Hikotar˘ (藤彦)

Actors: Arashi Kichisabur˘ III as ďtomono Kuronushi, also known as Sekibei (left), Sawamura Tossh˘ I as spirit of the cherry tree (center), and Sawamura Tossh˘ I as Miyakogawa no Amiuchi (宮戸川の網打, right)

Play: Hina asobi wag˘ no aish˘ (雛遊睦相生)

Date: 3rd month of 1840

Theater: Nakamura

Publisher: Unknown, possible phonetic reading: S˘sh˘ (宗小)

 

I am grateful to Andreas Marks and Lucienne Parkan for information about this triptych.

Actors: Left sheet: Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VIII as Minamoto no Yoshitsune (源の義経)

Center sheet: Ichikawa Ebiz˘ V as Musashibo Benkei (弁慶)

Right sheet: Ichikawa Kuz˘ II as Togashi no Saemon (富樫左衛門)

Play: Sanmon Gosan no Kiri (楼門五山桐)

Date: 3rd month of 1840

Theater: Kawarasaki

Publisher: Kawaguchi-ya Sh˘z˘

 

NOTE: This triptych was reissued in a slightly altered from for the production of Kanjinch˘ in the 3rd month of 1849.

Actors: Ichikawa Ebiz˘ V as Ishikawa G˘emon (石川五右衛門, left) and Onoe Kikugor˘ III as Yata (矢田平, right)

Play: Sanmon Gosan no Kiri (楼門五山桐)

Date: 3rd month of 1840

Theater: Kawarasaki

Publisher: Izumi-ya Ichibei

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

Actors: Arashi Kichisabur˘ III as Yokogawa Zenji (横河禅司覚範, left), Sawamura Tossh˘ I as Sat˘ Tadanobu (佐藤忠信) with a go board (center), and Onoe Kikujir˘ II as Kamon Koshibaĺs daughter Oshizu (小柴嘉門娘おしづ郎, right)

Play: Toki mo Yoshino Senbon zakura (時節吉野千本桜)

Date: 3rd month of 1840

Theater: Nakamura

Publisher: Echizen-yaá Heisabur˘

 

NOTE: Sawamura Tossh˘ is written as 澤村訥升, instead of the more usual 沢村訥升.á I am grateful to and Lucienne Parkan for this image.

Actors: Onoe Eizabur˘ III as the koshimoto (female servant) Chidori (こしもと千鳥, left), Ichikawa Kuz˘ II as Kajiwara Genda (梶原源太, center), and Seki Sanjűr˘ III as Kajiwara Heiji (梶原平二, right)

Play: Hiragana Seisuiki (ひらかな盛衰記, Lifeĺs Ups and Downs Written in the Japanese Cursive Syllabary)

Date: 4th month of 1840

Theater: Ichimura

Publisher: S˘shű-ya Yohei

 

NOTE: The print on the right gives the actorĺs name as Ichikawa Yaoz˘ changing his name to Seki Sanjűr˘ III (市川八百蔵改三代目関三十郎).á I am grateful to Lucienne Parkan for this image.

The center sheer from another state of the above design

Actors: Arashi Kichisabur˘ III as Busuke (武助, left), Sawamura Tossh˘ I as Karaki Masaemon (唐木政右衛門, center), and Band˘ Hikosabur˘ IV as Sawai Matagor˘ (沢井又五郎, right)

Play: Igagoe Yomikiri K˘shaku (伊賀越読切講釈)

Date: 5th month of 1840

Theater: Nakamura

Publisher: Yamamoto-ya Heikichi

 

I am grateful to Marc DeVriese for this image and to Lucienne Parkan for identifying it.

Actors: Sawamura Tossh˘ I as Karaki Masaemon (left) and Band˘ Hikosabur˘ IV as Dainaiki (right)

Play: Igagoe Yomikiri K˘shaku (伊賀越読切講釈)

Date: 5th month of 1840

Theater: Nakamura

Publisher: Izumi-ya Ichibei

 

I am grateful to Marc DeVriese for this image.

Actors: Left sheet: Band˘ Hikosabur˘ IV as Gantetsu (願てつ) and Ichikawa Ebiz˘ V as Sano Jirozaemon (佐野次郎左エ門)

Right sheet: Ichikawa Kuz˘ II as Omamori Denbe (お守り伝兵衛), Onoe Kikujir˘ II as Dote no Oroku (土手のお六), and Iwai Kumesabur˘ III as Manjiya Yatsuhashi (八ツはし)

Play: Yukari no hana iro mo Yoshiwara (紫花色吉原)

Date: 5th month of 1850 (censors Kinugasa and Watanabe with shita-uri seal)

Theater: Kawarazaki

Publisher: Wakasa-ya Yoichi

 

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

Actors: Left sheet: Band˘ Hikosabur˘ IV as Koheijiĺs wife Ohyaku (小平次女房お百) and Ichikawa Kurosaru as the pimp (zegen, ぜげん) Ushi no Gohei (牛の五兵衛)

Right sheet: ďtani Mansaku II as Tetsugen of Ky˘shin-ji Temple as (教心寺哲玄) and Band˘ Hikosabur˘ IV as Koheijiĺs ghost (小平次ぼうこん)

Play: Azuma kagami kaidan banashi (東鑑怪談噺)

Date: 6th month of 1840

Theater: Kawarasaki

Publisher: Yorozu-ya Kichibei

Additional text: Left sheet: Quick-change role (hayagawari, 早替り) and an all-time hit to packed houses (Kokon ˘iri ˘atari ˘atari, 古今大入大当り/\)

Right sheet: An unparalleled underwater quick-change role, Bravo! (Suichű hayagawari murui ˘deki ˘deki, 水中早替り無類大出来/\)

 

NOTE: Ohyaku, the name of Koheijiĺs wife, also means cheapskate.á I am grateful to Robert Pryor for this image and information.á

Actors: and Nakamura Daikichi III as Otsű (おつう, left) and Band˘ Hikosabűr˘ IV as Akane Hanshichi (赤根半七, right)

Play: Chigusa no nobe tsuyu no neregoto (千種野辺露濡事)

Date: 6th month of 1840

Theater: Kawarasaki

Publisher: Kawaguchiya Ch˘z˘

 

I am grateful to Robert Pryor for this image.

Actors: Iwai Shijaku I as Kano Yukihime (狩野雪姫, left) and Nakamura Utaemon IV as Matsunaga Taizen (松永大膳, right)

Play: Go hiiki yakko no konoshita (御贔屓梶虎木下)

Theater: Ichimura

Date: 7th month of 1840

Publisher: Maru-ya Jimpachi

Actors: Nakamura Utaemon IV as Naniwa no Jir˘saku (波花 次郎作, left), Ichimura Uzaemon XII as Azuma no Yoshir˘ (あづま 与四郎, center) and Band˘ Shuka I as the kamuro Tayori (かむろ たより, right)

Play: Go hiiki yakko no konoshita (御贔屓梶虎木下)

Theater: Ichimura

Date: 7th month of 1840

Publisher: Arita-ya Seiemon

 

NOTE: The blue background pattern is different on each sheet.

Actors: Ichimura Uzaemon XII as the palanquin carrier Azuma no Yoshir˘ (left), Band˘ Shuka I as the kamuro Tayori (center), and Nakamura Utaemon IV as the palanquin carrier Naniwa no Jir˘saku (right)

Play: Go hiiki yakko no konoshita (御贔屓梶虎木下)

Theater: Ichimura

Date: 7th month of 1840

Publisher: Maru-ya Jimpachi

 

NOTE: This triptych was actually designed by Kunisada for the 1838 production of Modori kago iro no Aikata.á It appears that the same woodblocks were used, with recarving of the actorsĺ faces and costumes:

In Kunisadaĺs triptych, Ichikawa Danz˘ V was the palanquin carrier Azuma no Yoshir˘, Iwai Tojaku I was the kamuro Tayori, and Ichikawa Ebiz˘ V was the palanquin carrier Naniwa no Jir˘saku.á I am grateful to Robert Pryor for this image and information.

Actors: Ichimura Uzaemon XII as the palanquin carrier Azuma no Yoshir˘ and Nakamura Utaemon IV as the palanquin carrier Naniwa no Jir˘saku

Play: Go hiiki yakko no konoshita (御贔屓梶虎木下)

Theater: Ichimura

Date: 7th month of 1840

Publisher: Maruko

 

NOTE: These two different states actually show children in the guise of the palanquin carriers Azuma no Yoshir˘ and Naniwa no Jir˘saku.

Actors: Nakamura Utaemon IV as Konoshita T˘kichi (此下藤吉, left) with go board, Seki Sanjűr˘ III as 松永鬼藤太 (center), and Iwai Shijaku I as Kano Yukihime (狩野雪姫, right)

Play: Go hiiki yakko no konoshita (御贔屓梶虎木下)

Theater: Ichimura

Date: 7th month of 1840

Publisher: Mori-ya Jihei

Actor: Iwai Shijaku I as Kano no Yukihime (狩野之雪姫)

Play: Go hiiki yakko no konoshita (御贔屓梶虎木下)

Theater: Ichimura

Date: 7th month of 1840

Publisher: Kawaguchi-ya Sh˘z˘

Actors: Iwai Shijaku I as Kano Yukihime (狩野雪姫, left), Nakamura Utaemon IV as Matsunaga Taizen (松永大膳, center), and Ichimura Uzaemon XII as Konoshita T˘kichi (right)

Play: Go hiiki yakko no konoshita (御贔屓梶虎木下)

Theater: Ichimura

Date: 7th month of 1840

Publisher: S˘shű-ya Yohei

Kuniyoshi - (dragon) Ichimura Uzaemon XII (L) & Nakamura Utaemon IV as Matsunaga Taizen (R) in 'Go hiiki yakko no konoshita', (7)1840

Actors: Ichimura Uzaemon XII as Kanonosuke Naonobu (狩野之助直信, left) and Nakamura Utaemon IV as Matsunaga Taizen (right)

Play: Go hiiki yakko no konoshita (御贔屓梶虎木下)

Theater: Ichimura

Date: 7th month of 1840

Publisher: Kawaguchi-ya Sh˘z˘

Actors: Left sheet: Ichimara Uzaemon XII as Shinsaku (曽呂利 しん作)

Center sheet: Seki Sanjűr˘ III as Yazesai, who is actually Matsushita Kaiheiji (屋是斎 実ハ松下嘉平治)

Right sheet: Nakamura Utaemon IV as Mashiba Hisayoshi (筑前守久吉) and Band˘ Katsujir˘ as Teruwaka (輝若君)

Play: Go hiiki yakko no konoshita (御贔屓梶虎木下)

Theater: Ichimura

Date: 7th month of 1840

Publisher: Fujioka-ya Hikotar˘

Actors: Left panel: Iwai Shijaku I as the nurse Jiju (乳人侍従)

Center panel: Nakamura Utaemon IV as Hashiba Hisayoshi (筑前守久吉) and the child actor Band˘ Katsujir˘ as Teruwaka (輝若)

Right panel: Ichimura Uzaemon XII as Shinsaku (新作)

Play: Go hiiki yakko no konoshita (御贔屓梶虎木下)

Theater: Ichimura

Date: 7th month of 1840

Publisher: Yorozu-ya Kichibei

 

I am grateful to Lucienne Parkan for this image.

Actors: Nakamura Utaemon IV as Mitsuhide (武智光秀, left), Ichimura Uzaemon XII as Harunaga (春永, center), and Seki Sanjűr˘ III as Ranmaru (蘭丸, right)

Play: Go hiiki yakko no konoshita (御贔屓梶虎木下)

Theater: Ichimura

Date: 7th month of 1840

Publisher: Yorozu-ya Kichibei

 

NOTE: Essentially the same play was produced a month later in a different theater with a different cast, under the title Gion Sairei Shink˘ki, and the woodblocks for the above triptych were altered for the new production.á I am grateful to Robert Pryor for this image.

Actors: Ichikawa Ebiz˘ V as Mitsuhide (武智光秀, left) and Arashi Kichisabur˘ III as Harunaga (春永, right)

Play: Gion Sairei Shink˘ki (祇園祭礼信仰記)

Theater: Nakamura

Date: 8th month of 1840

Publisher: Yorozu-ya Kichibei

Actors: Sawamura Tossh˘ I as Konoshita T˘kichi (此下藤吉, left), Onoe Kikujir˘ II as 藤吉女房お菊 (center), and Ichikawa Ebiz˘ V as Yamaguchi Kurojir˘ (山口九郎次郎, right)

Play: Gion Sairei Shink˘ki (祇園祭礼信仰記)

Theater: Nakamura

Date: 8th month of 1840

Publisher: Izumi-ya Ichibei

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Actors: Left sheet: Arashi Kichisabur˘ III as Sat˘ Masakiyo (佐藤政清, larger figure), and Nakamura Tsuruz˘ I as Higuruma (初代)

Center sheet: Sawamura Tossh˘ I as Chikuzen no kami Hisayoshi (筑前守久吉) and the child actor Sawamura H˘kichi as Teruwakamaru

Right sheet: Ichikawa Seijűr˘ as Sorori Shinsaku (曽呂利 新作)

Play: Gion Sairei Shink˘ki (祇園祭礼信仰記)

Theater: Nakamura

Date: 8th month of 1840

Publisher: Kawaguchi-ya Sh˘z˘

 

I am grateful to Ward Pieters for locating this image.

Actors: Sawamura Tossh˘ I as Chikuzen no kami Hisayoshi (筑前守久吉, left) and Arashi Kichisabur˘ III as Sat˘ Masakiyo (佐藤政清, right)

Play: Gion Sairei Shink˘ki (祇園祭礼信仰記)

Theater: Nakamura

Date: 8th month of 1840

Publisher: Yamaguchi-ya T˘bei

 

I am grateful to Marc DeVriese for this image.

Actors: Ichimura Uzaemon XII as Kano Utanosuke (狩野哥之助, left), Nakamura Utaemon IV as Ukiyo Matahei (浮世又平, center), and Iwai Shijaku I as Mataheiĺs wife Otoku (又平女房おとく, right)

Play: Keisei hangonk˘ (傾城反魂香)

Theater: Ichimura

Date: 8th month of 1840

Publisher: Yorozu-ya Kichibei

 

I am grateful to Robert Pryor for this image.

Another state of the above design without any purple

Actors: Ichimura Uzaemon XII as Azuma no Yojir˘ (left) and Nakamura Utaemon IV as Naniwa no Jirosaku (right)

Play: Modorikago Iro ni Aikata (戻駕色相肩, A Returning Palanquin)

Theater:

Date: 8th month of 1840

Publisher: J˘shű-ya Jűz˘

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