Actor triptychs

1842

 

Actors: Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VIII as Yogor˘ (与五郎, left), Onoe Tamiz˘ II as Hanaregoma Ch˘kichi (放駒の長吉, center), and Ichikawa Ebiz˘ V as Nuregami Ch˘gor˘ (right)

Play: Futatsu ch˘ch˘ kuruwa nikki (双蝶仝曲輪日記), the Sum˘ba scene

Date: 1st month of 1842

Theater: Kawarasaki

Publisher: Kawaguchi-ya Sh˘z˘

 

I am grateful to Marc DeVriese for this image.

Actor: Ichikawa Ebiz˘ V as Nuregami Ch˘gor˘ (濡髪長五郎)

Play: Futatsu ch˘ch˘ kuruwa nikki (双蝶仝曲輪日記)

Date: 1st month of 1842

Theater: Kawarasaki

Publisher: Yamaguchi-ya Tobei

Actors: Onoe Tamiz˘ II as 登勢太夫 子もり (left) and Onoe Tamiz˘ II as 八五郎 唐人 (right)á

Play: Kazariebi Soga kadomatsu (飾海老曽我門松)

Date: 1st month of 1842

Theater: Kawarasaki

Publisher: Kawaguchi-ya Sh˘z˘

 

I am grateful to Lucienne Parkan for this image.

Actors: Onoe Eizabur˘ III as churo Onoe (尾上, left), Iwai Shijaku I as Ohatsu (おはつ, center) and Ichikawa Ebiz˘ V (Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VII) as Iwafuji (いわふじ, right)

Play: Iwao no Hananami no Shiraishi (岩藤浪白石)

Date: 3rd month of 1842

Theater: Kawarasaki

Publisher: Izumi-ya Ichibei

Actors: Onoe Eizabur˘ III as churo Onoe (中老おのへ, left), Iwai Shijaku I as meshitsukai Ohatsu (尾上めしつかひお初, center) and Iwafuji (局岩ふぢ, right)

Play: Iwao no Hananami no Shiraishi (岩藤浪白石)

Date: 3rd month of 1842

Theater: Kawarasaki

Publisher: Kawaguchi-ya Ch˘z˘

Actors: Iwai Shijaku I as Ohatsu (おはつ, left) and Ichikawa Ebiz˘ V as Iwafuji (岩ふじ, right)

Play: Iwao no Hananami no Shiraishi (岩藤浪白石)

Date: 3rd month of 1842

Theater: Kawarasaki

Publisher: S˘shű-ya Yohei

Actors: Ichikawa Ebiz˘ V as Iwafuji (岩ふじ, left) and Iwai Shijaku I as Ohatsu (おはつ, right)

Play: Iwao no Hananami no Shiraishi (岩藤浪白石)

Date: 3rd month of 1842

Theater: Kawarasaki

Publisher: Wakasa-ya Yoichiá

 

I am grateful to Lucienne Parkan for locating this image.

Actors: Left sheet: Iwai Shijaku I as meshitsukai Ohatsu (尾上召仕おはつ)

Right sheet: Ichikawa Kuz˘ II as Ushijima Chikara (牛嶋主税) and Arashi Kichisabur˘ III as Yakko Datehei (奴伊達平)

Play: Iwao no Hananami no Shiraishi (岩藤浪白石)

Date: 3rd month of 1842

Theater: Kawarasaki

Publisher: Wakasa-ya Yoichi

 

I am grateful to Robert Pryor for this image.

Actors: Iwai Shijaku I as Ohatsu

Play: Iwao no Hananami no Shiraishi (岩藤浪白石)

Date: 3rd month of 1842

Theater: Kawarasaki

Publisher: Kawaguchi-ya Sh˘z˘

Actors: Onoe Kikujir˘ II as Shinobu (妹おのぶ, left), Onoe Eizabur˘ III as Miyagino (宮城野, center), and Ichikawa Ebiz˘ V as Daifukuya Soroku (大福屋惣六, right)

Play: Iwao no Hananami no Shiraishi (岩藤浪白石)

Date: 3rd month of 1842

Theater: Kawarasaki

Publisher: Arita-ya Seiemon

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I am grateful to Lucienne Parkan for this image.

Actors: Left sheet: Onoe Kikujir˘ II as Shinobu (おのぶ, woman), Ichikawa Ebiz˘ V as Uji no Joetsu (宇治常悦), and Ichikawa Kuz˘ II as Kanai Tanigor˘ (金谷谷五郎)

Center sheet: Arashi Kichisabur˘ III as Shiga Daishichi (剣沢団七)

Right sheet: Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VIII as Marigase Shűya (鞠ヶ瀬秋夜) and Onoe Eizabur˘ III as the courtesan Miyagino (宮城野)

Play: Iwao no Hananami no Shiraishi (岩藤浪白石)

Date: 3rd month of 1842 (kiwame censorĺs seal)

Theater: Kawarasaki

Publisher: Yamamoto-ya Heikichi

 

I am grateful to Robert Pryor for this image.

Actors: Ichikawa Kuz˘ II as Kanai Tanigor˘á

Play: Iwao no Hananami no Shiraishi (岩藤浪白石)

Date: 3rd month of 1842

Theater: Kawarasaki

Publisher: Kawaguchi-ya Sh˘z˘

Actors: Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VIII as Marigase Shűya (鞠ヶせ秋夜, left), Ichikawa Kuz˘ II as よしのや伊平次実ハ谷五郎 (center), and Arashi Kichisabur˘ III as Shiga Daishichi (釼沢段七right)

Play: Iwao no Hananami no Shiraishi (岩藤浪白石)

Date: 3rd month of 1842

Theater: Kawarasaki

Publisher: Kawaguchi-ya Sh˘z˘

 

I am grateful to Lucienne Parkan for this image.

Actors: Left sheet: Ichikawa Ebiz˘ V as Daifukuya Soroku (大黒屋惣六)

Right sheet: Onoe Eizabur˘ III as the courtesan Miyagino (けいせい宮城野, standing) and Onoe Kikujir˘ II as Shinobu (妹おのぶ)

Play: Iwao no Hananami no Shiraishi (岩藤浪白石)

Date: 3rd month of 1842

Theater: Kawarasaki

Publisher: S˘shű-ya Yohei

Actors: Onoe Kikujir˘ II as Shinobu (妹おのぶ, left) and Onoe Eizabur˘ III as the courtesan Miyagino (宮城野, right)

Play: Iwao no Hananami no Shiraishi (岩藤浪白石)

Date: 3rd month of 1842

Theater: Kawarasaki

Publisher: Tsuru-ya Kiemon

Actors: Arashi Kichisabur˘ III as 伊達平 (left), Onoe Kikujir˘ II as Shinobu (おのぶ, center), and Ichikawa Ebiz˘ V as Daifukuya Soroku (大福屋惣六, right)

Play: Iwao no Hananami no Shiraishi (岩藤浪白石)

Date: 3rd month of 1842

Theater: Kawarasaki

Publisher: Izumi-ya Ichibei

Actors: Left sheet: Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VIII as Nita no Shir˘ (仁田の四郎), Onoe Kikujir˘ II as Kagekiyoĺs daughter Hitomaru (景清娘人丸), Arashi Isabur˘ II as Heiz˘ Kajiwara (梶原平三), Ichikawa Saruz˘ as the soldier Und˘ (軍兵運藤), and Ichikawa Danya as the soldier Gunto (軍兵 軍藤)

Center sheet: Ichikawa Ebiz˘ V as Kagekiyo (景清) and ďtani Hiroemon V as Ebiz˘ (海老蔵)

Right sheet: Arashi Kishisabur˘ III as Iwanaga (岩永), Onoe Eizabur˘ III as Akoya (景清女房あこや), and Ichikawa Kuz˘ II as Chichibu Jiro Shigetada (秩父の次郎重忠)

Play: Iwao no Hananami no Shiraishi (岩藤浪白石)

Date: 3rd month of 1842

Theater: Kawarasaki

Publisher: Kawaguchi-ya Sh˘z˘

Another state of the above design

Actors: Left sheet: ďtani Hiroemon V as Ebiz˘, Ichikawa Saruz˘ as Und˘, Ichikawa Danya as Gunto, Onoe Kikujir˘ II as Hitomaru and others

Center sheet: Ichikawa Ebiz˘ V as Kagekiyo

Right sheet: Band˘ Hikosabur˘ IV as Chichibu Shigetada (秩父次郎重忠), Ichikawa Kodanji IV as Iwanaga Saemon S˘ren (岩永 左衛門 宗連), Onoe Kikujir˘ II as Kagekiyoʼs wife (tsuma) Akoya (景清妻阿古屋), Matsumoto Kunigor˘ as Banba Chűta (番場忠太), Matsumoto Toraz˘ as Takenoshita Magohachi (竹ノ下孫八), and Kataoka Toragor˘ I as Umibe (海野太郎)

Play: Iwao no Hananami no Shiraishi (岩藤浪白石)

Date: 3rd month of 1842

Theater: Kawarasaki

Publisher: Wakasa-ya Yoichi

 

NOTE: This triptych is very similar to a triptych for Ichinotani mushae no iezuto (一谷武者画土産) staged in the 8th month of 1849.

Actors: Arashi Kichisabur˘ III as boatman (send˘) Matsuemon, actually (jitsu ha) Higuchi Jir˘ (船頭松右衛門実ハ樋口次郎, left) and Onoe Eizabur˘ III as Matsuemonĺs wife (ny˘b˘) Yoshi (松右衛門女房よおし, 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 1842

Theater: Kawarasaki

Publisher: Izumi-ya Ichibei

 

NOTE: New Kabuki Encyclopedia by Samuel L. Leiter gives Matsuemonĺs wifeĺs name as Oyoshi.

Actors: Onoe Kikujir˘ II as Ofude (おふで, left), Arashi Kichisabur˘ III as Higuchi Jiro Kanemitsu (樋口次郎兼光, center), and Ichikawa Kuz˘ II as Shigetada (重忠, 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 1842

Theater: Kawarasaki

Publisher: Tsutaya Kichiz˘á

Actors: Onoe Eizabur˘ III as a koshimoto (female servant, こし元千, left), Ichikawa Kuz˘ II as Kajiwara Genda (梶原源太, center), and Arashi Kichisabur˘ III as Kajiwara Heiji Kagetaka (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 1842

Theater: Kawarasaki

Publisher: Sano-ya Kihei

 

NOTE: This triptych is unusual in that it has no censorʼs seals.á I am grateful to Marc DeVriese for this image.

Actors: Arashi Kichisabur˘ III as Higuchi Jiro Kanemitsu (left), Ichikawa Kuz˘ II as Kajiwara Genda (center) and Onoe Eizabur˘ III as the koshimoto (female servant) Chidori (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 1842

Publisher: No seal

Theater: Kawarasaki

 

NOTE: These are three keyblock prints (ky˘g˘ or ky˘gozuri-e), which are impressions pulled from the first woodblocks made by a carver from the artistĺs original drawings.á

Actors: Left sheet: Ichikawa Kuz˘ II as 新綱左衛門

Right sheet: Arashi Kichisabur˘ III as Kenotsu Taro Nobutoshi (監物太郎信俊, man) and Onoe Eizabur˘ III as Yusahide (夕しで, woman)

Play: Karukaya D˘shin Tsukushi no Iezuto (苅萱桑門筑紫)

Date: 4th month of 1842

Theater: Kawarasaki

Publisher:

Actors: Left sheet: Actor as Kud˘ Saemon Suketsune (工藤左衛門祐経)

Right sheet: Actors as Hachiman Sabur˘ Gyoshi (八幡三郎行氏), ďmi Kot˘ta Nariie (近江小藤太成家) and others

Play: Karukaya D˘shin Tsukushi no Iezuto (苅萱桑門筑紫)

Date: 4th month of 1842 (censor Murata Sahei)

Theater: Kawarasaki

Publisher: Koga-ya Katsugor˘

Actors: Iwai Shijaku I as nurse Shigenoi (お乳人重の井) and Iwai Kumesabur˘ III, at age 12, as Jinenjo no Sankichi (じねんじよの三吉)

Play: Koi nyobo Somewake tazuna (恋女房染分手綱)

Date: 4th month of 1842

Theater: Kawarasaki

Publisher: Wakasa-ya Yoichi

 

NOTE: The text reads seven-year memorial of Iwai Hanshir˘ VI (Roku-daime Iwai Hanshir˘ shichikaiki tsuizen, 六代目岩井半四郎七回忌追善).á Sankichi is holding a Tokaid˘ sugoroku board, which plays a central role in the plot, and at his feet is a tobacco pouch with the text beware of fire (hinoy˘jin, 火の用心).á Therefore, this print is both a memorial print and a depiction of the 1842 production of Koi nyobo Somewake tazuna.á I am grateful to Robert Pryor for this information.

Actors: Left sheet: Ichikawa Kuz˘ II as the calligraphy teacher (tenarai shis˘) Yamada Sh˘z˘ (手習師匠山田庄蔵)

Center sheet: Iwai Shijaku I as Hikos˘ʼs wife (ny˘b˘) Omasu (彦惣女房お竹) and 12-year-old Iwai Kumesabur˘ III as S˘hachiʼs daughter (musume) Oryű (惣八娘お柳)

Right sheet: Onoe Kikujir˘ II as Konomurayaʼs wife (ny˘b˘) Okita (小の村や女房お北)

Play: Sono Samisen Homare no Takane (其三味線誉高調)

Date: 4th month of 1842

Theater: Kawarasaki

Publisher: Maru-ya Seijir˘

 

NOTE: Sono Samisen Homare no Takane was a short piece performed along with Hiragana Seisuiki.á I am grateful to Robert Pryor for this image.

One sheet from another state of the above triptych.á The colors are different, and the censorĺs (next to signature) has been removed.á This print may have been used for a different performance.

Actors: Left sheet: Iwai Shijaku I as Hikosoĺs wife Omasu (彦惣女房お竹)

Center sheet: Arashi Kishisabur˘ III as 花☆惣八 and 12-year-old Iwai Kumesabur˘ III as S˘hachiʼs daughter (musume) Oryű (惣八娘お梅)

Right sheet: Ichikawa Kuz˘ II as Kawasakiya Hikos˘ (川崎屋彦惣)

Play: Sono Samisen Homare no Takane (其三味線誉高調)

Date: 4th month of 1842

Theater: Kawarasaki

Publisher: Izumi-ya Ichibei

Actors: Iwai Shijaku I as Hikos˘ʼs wife (ny˘b˘) Omasu (彦惣女房お竹, left) and Ichikawa Kuz˘ II as Kawasakiya Hikos˘ (川崎屋彦惣, right)

PlaySono Samisen Homare no Takane (其三味線誉高調)

Date: 4th month of 1842

Theater: Kawarasaki

Publisher: Kawaguchi-ya Uhei

 

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

Actors: Iwai Tojaku I as Chokichi's wife Oseki (長吉姉おせき, left), Arashi Kichisabur˘ III as wrestler Hanaregoma Ch˘kichi (放駒の長吉, center), and Sawamura Tossh˘ I as wrestler Nuregami Chogor˘ (right)

Play: Futatsu ch˘ch˘ kuruwa nikki (双蝶仝曲輪日記, Diary of Two Butterflies in the Pleasure Quarters)á

Date: 8th month of 1842

Theater: Nakamura

Publisher: Izumi-ya Ichibei

 

I am grateful to Marc DeVriese for this image.

Another state of the above design

Actors: Arashi Kichisabrur˘ III as the wrestler Hanaregoma Ch˘kichi (放駒長吉, left) and Sawamura Tossh˘ I as wrestler Nuregami Ch˘gor˘ (関取ぬれがみ長五郎, right)

Play: Futatsu ch˘ch˘ kuruwa nikki (双蝶仝曲輪日記, Diary of Two Butterflies in the Pleasure Quarters)á

Date: 8th month of 1842

Theater: Nakamura

Publisher: Arita-ya Seiemon

 

I am grateful to Lucienne Parkan for this image.

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