Actor triptychs

1841, Part I

 

Actors: Ichikawa Kuz˘ II as Hanji Kihei (はんしものゝ喜平, left), Ichimura Uzaemon XII as Kamakura Kawagishi no Gorohachi (鎌倉川岸の五郎八, center), and Nakamura Utaemon IV as Kurofune Chuemon (黒船丁の忠右衛門, right)

Play: Fude Hajime Soga no fukubiki (筆始曽我福贔屓)

Date: 1st month of 1841

Theater: Ichimura

Publisher: J˘shű-ya Kinz˘

Actors: Ichimura Uzaemon XII as Daikokumai Roby˘shi no Otomatsu (大黒 まいろびやうしの音松) with inset of Senzai (left), Nakamura Utaemon IV as Daikokumai Minamezame no Otokichi (だいこく まいみなめざめの音吉) with inset of Sanbas˘ (center), and Ichikawa Kuz˘ II as Daikokumai Norizome no Sanz˘ (大黒 まいのりぞめの三蔵) with inset of Okina as (right)

Play: Fude Hajime Soga no fukubiki (筆始曽我福贔屓)

Date: 1st month of 1841

Theater: Ichimura

Publisher: Izumi-ya Ichibei

Actors: Nakamura Utaemon IV as Sanbas˘ (三番叟, left), Ichikawa Kuz˘ II as Okina (おきな, center), and Ichimura Uzaemon XII as 千ざい (right)

Play: Fude Hajime Soga no fukubiki (筆始曽我福贔屓)

Date: 1st month of 1841

Theater: Ichimura

Publisher: Kawaguchi-ya Uhei

I am grateful to Robert Pryor for this preparitory drawing for the preceding triptych.

Actors: Ichikawa Kuz˘ II as Jishű (時宗, left), Nakamura Utaemon IV as Kud˘ Suketsune (工藤祐経, center), and Ichimura Uzaemon XII as Jűr˘ Sukenari (十郎祐成, right)

Play: Fude Hajime Soga no fukubiki

Date: 1st month of 1841

Theater: Ichimura

Publisher: J˘shu-ya Juzo

 

NOTE: Each sheet bears the title Face-to-face Confrontation of the Three Instruments (Sankyoku mitate taimen, 三曲見立対面).á It likens the confrontation of the Soga brothers to a competition among three musical instrumentsľshamisen, koto, and kokyű.

Actors: Ichikawa Ebiz˘ V probably as Gor˘ Tokimune (かみくづひろいけんくわやの五郎, left) and Sawamura Tossh˘ I as Seijűr˘ (手代 清十郎, right)

Play: Koi zum˘ yawaragi Soga (恋相撲和合曽我)

Date: 1st month of 1841

Theater: Kawarasaki

Publisher: Tsuta-ya Kichiz˘

 

NOTE: Kuniyoshiĺs signature appears on the folding screen.á I am grateful to Lucienne Parkan for information about this image.

Actors: Ichikawa Kuz˘ II as Soga no Gor˘ Tokimune (五郎時宗, left), Nakamura Utaemon IV as Kudo Saemon (工藤左衛門祐経, center), and Ichimura Uzaemon XII as Jűr˘ Sukenari (十郎祐成, right)

Play: Mauteoriso iro no tanemaki (舞奏いろの種蒔)

Date: 1st month of 1841

Theater: Ichimura

Publisher: Maru-ya Jimpachi

Actors: Ichikawa Kuz˘ II as Ukyio Tohira (浮世の戸平, left), Ichimura Uzaemon XII as Nagoya Kosanza (名古屋小山三, center), and Nakamura Utaemon IV as Monokusa Tarosaku (物草村の百性太郎作, right)

Play: Monogusa Tar˘ saku tekuda no yadake (物草太郎作手管歌当)

Date: 3rd month of 1841

Theater: Ichimura

Publisher: J˘shu-ya Juzo

Actors: Band˘ Shuka I as Toyama tayu (遠山太夫 実ハ佐々木息女いてうの前, left) and Ichimura Uzaemon XII as Nagoya Kosanza (名古屋小山三, right)

Play: Monogusa Tar˘ saku tekuda no yadake (物草太郎作手管歌当)

Date: 3rd month of 1841

Theater: Ichimura

Publisher: Echizen-ya Heisabur˘

Actors: Ichikawa Kuz˘ II as Ukyio Tohira (浮世戸平, left), Nakamura Utaemon IV as Monokusa Tarosaku (物草村の太郎作, center), and Ichimura Uzaemon XII as Nagoya Kosanza (名古屋小山三, right)

Play: Monogusa Tar˘ saku tekuda no yadake (物草太郎作手管歌当)

Date: 3rd month of 1841

Theater: Ichimura

Publisher: S˘shű-ya Yohei

 

NOTE: One of the two blue inks used to print this triptych undergoes a chemical change and turns black.á In this print, the darkening is almost complete:

Actors: Nakamura Daikichi III as Tamao hime (玉折姫, left), Sawamura Tossh˘ I as Kumagai Naozane (熊谷次郎直実, center), and Iwai Shijaku I as Atsumori (太夫敦盛, right)

Play: Ichinotani futaba gunki (一谷嫩軍記)

Date: 4th month of 1841

Theater: Kawarasaki

Publisher: Kawaguchi-ya Uhei

Actors: Iwai Shijaku I as the courtesan Sugawara, actually Kiku no mae (けいせい菅原 実ハ菊のまへ, left) and Ichikawa Ebiz˘ V as Ubara no Tagohei (莵原の田五平, right)

Play: Ichinotani futaba gunki (一谷嫩軍記)

Date: 4th month of 1841

Theater: Kawarasaki

Publisher: Isa-ya Kisuke

Actors: Sawamura Tossh˘ I as Okabe no Rokutaya (岡部の六弥太)

Play: Ichinotani futaba gunki (一谷嫩軍記)

Date: 4th month of 1841

Theater: Kawarasaki

Publisher: Mori-ya Jiheiá

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