Actor triptychs

1846-1852

 

These actor triptychs and diptychs were published between the 12th month of 1846 and the 2nd month of 1852, but I have been unable to associate them with a particular production.á Prints published during this period generally bear two circular censorĺs seals without an oval date seal.á These seals are usually near the artistĺs signature, and sometimes are only found on a single sheet of a multi-sheet composition.á

 

Actors: Left sheet: Actors as Shizunome (しづの女) and Z˘hei (ぞう兵)

Center sheet: Actor as Shizunome (しづの女)

Right sheet: Actors as Shizunoo (しづの男) and Kaya-uri (かやうり)

Play: Possibly Igagoe Yomikiri koshaku, 2nd month of 1852

Date: 1849-1852 (censors Hama and Magome)

Publisher: Minato-ya Kohei

 

I am grateful to Lucienne Parkan for information about this triptych.áá

Actors: Left sheet: Unidentified actors as Shinobu (しのぶ) and にせあんま三九

Center sheet: Unidentified actors as Daikokuya Soroku (大黒や宗六) and Jousuke (丈助)

Right sheet: Unidentified actors as Sorokuĺs wife Okura (宗六女房おくら) and Yomoshichi (与茂七)

Play: Possibly Go taiheiki date no masugata (碁太平記達升形)

Date: c. 1850 (censors Mera and Murata)

Publisher: Ebi-ya Rinnosuke

 

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

Actors: Left sheet: Onoe Shinshichi III, Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VIII, and Ichikawa Ebijűr˘ IV (probably)

Center sheet: Ichikawa Ebiz˘ V and Ichikawa Kodanji IV

Right sheet: Ichikawa Shinsha I, Nakayama Ichiz˘ I, and Onoe Kikujir˘ II

Play:

Date: c. 1850 (censors Hama and Kinugasa)

Publisher: Isetsuru (伊勢鶴)

 

NOTE: This triptych is a mitate, meaning that it is an imaginary scene with actors who never actually appeared together on stage in these roles.á According to the website of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, this triptych may have been made to celebrate the return to Edo of Ichikawa Ebiz˘ V in the 3rd month of 1850.á I am grateful to Lucienne Parkan for information about this triptych.

Actors: Unidentified actor (left), Onoe Kikugor˘ III (center), and Band˘ Shuka I (right)

Play: Probably Ise ondo koi no netaba (伊勢音頭恋寝刃)

Date: 1847-1850 (censors Mera and Murata)

Publisher: Fujioka-ya Hikotar˘ro

Actors: Iwai Kumesabur˘ III as Kiyokawa (清川, left) and Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VIII as Karigane Bunshichi (雁金文七, right)

Date: 1848 (censors Hama and Kinugasa)á

 

NOTE: This diptych is from the series Select Series of Book Titles.á It is a mitate, meaning that these actors did not perform these roles together on stage.

Title: Imay˘ Teruuji furudera no kozu (Up-to-date Teruuji in an Old Picture at an Old Temple, 今様輝氏古寺之古圖)

Actors: In an abandoned temple, actors as Teruuji (center) offering a towel to his lover Tasogare (left) with Shinonome (しのゝめ) eavesdropping (right)

Play: A play based on The Tale of Genji

Date: 1849-1850 (censors Kinugasa and Watanabe)

Theater: This triptych is not believed to portray a specific production

Publisher: Sawa-ya K˘kichi

 

NOTE: This print is not damaged; it shows a water damaged sliding door in an abandoned temple.

Actors:

Play:

Date: 1847-1850 (censors Mera and Murata)

Publisher: Minato-ya Kohe

Actors: Unidentified actor as a high-ranking courtesan standing on a Kabuki stage trap-door dressed in an ornate kimono with a tiger in the design

Play:

Date: 1849-1852 (censors Hama and Magome)

Publisher: Ebi-ya Rinnosuke

Actors: Unidentified actors as Hako-o Maru (箱王丸, left), Sabur˘ Kawazu, the spirit of Yudo (河津三郎祐道の霊, center), and Soga Jűr˘ (right, 曽我十郎)

Play:

Date: 1846-1848 (censors Muramatsu and Yoshimura)

PublisherEbi-ya Rinnosuke

Actors: Probably Ickikawa Ebiz˘ V

Play:

Date: c. 1850

Publisher: Maru-Han

Actors: Arashi Rikan III as wrestler Hanaregoma no Ch˘kichi (放駒長吉, left) and Nakamura Utaemon IV as wrestler Nuregami Ch˘gor˘ (濡髪長五郎, right)

Date: 1846-1852

Publisher: ďta-ya Takichi

 

NOTE: This triptych is believed to be a mitate, meaning that it is an imaginary scene with actors who never actually appeared together on stage in these roles.  

Actors: Left sheet: Band˘ Shűka I as Inuzuka Shinno (犬坂毛野, left standing)

Center sheet:

Right sheet: Unidentified actor as Inuyama D˘setsu Tadatomo (犬山道節忠興)

Play:

Date: 1849-1851 (censors Fuku and Muramatsu)

Theater:

Publisher: ďta-ya Takichi

Actors: Ichimura Uzaemon XII (left), Nakamura Utaemon IV (center), and Band˘ Shűka I (right)

Play: Possibly Yoshitsune koshigoej˘ (義経腰越状)

Date: 1847-1848 (censors Hama and Kinugasa)

Publisher: ďta-yaTakichi

Actors:

Play: Possibly Act VIII of Kanadehon Chűshingura

Date: 1846-1852

Publisher: Tsujioka-ya Bunsuke

Actors: Ichimura Takenoj˘ V as a yűjo (prostitute, 遊女) and his son Ichimura Uzaemon XIII as a kamuro

Play:

Date: 1851 (censors Muramatsu and Fuku)

Publisher: Takada-ya Takez˘

 

NOTE: These three prints represent an original print (left) and two memorial prints (shini-e), derived from the original.á The text on the original print reads odori zukushi (collection of dances, 踊り尽くし).á I am grateful to Marc DeVriese for the images.

Actors: Ichikawa Kodanji IV (left), Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VIII as Kagekiyo (center), and an unidentified actor of the Band˘ line (right)

Play: Possibly Ichinotani mushae no iezuto (一谷武者画土産) in the 8th month of 1849

Date: c. 1849-1850 (censors Hama and Magome)

Publisher: Ebi-ya Rinnosuke

 

I am grateful to Lucienne Parkan for locating this image.

I am grateful to Ward Pieters for this image without the actorsĺ names.

Actors: Left sheet: Band˘ Shűka I and Ichimura Uzaemon XII

Right sheet: Nakamura Utaemon IV

Play:

Date: 1847-1848 (censors Hama and Kinugasa)

Publisher: Kawaguchi-ya Uhei

Actors: Actor as Minamoto Yoritomo ( 頼朝) under a pine tree

Play:

Date: 1850-1851 (with shita-uri seal)

Publisher:

Diptych title: Picture of Banzui Chobeiĺs House (幡随長兵衛住家之図)

Actors: Left sheet: Ichikawa Gangyoku I as Tsurigane Yazaemon (鐘弥左衛門, rear) and Nakamura Tsuruz˘ I as Hanjimono Kihei (はんじ物喜兵衛)

Right sheet: Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VIII as Banzui Chobei (幡随長兵衛) and Band˘ Takesabur˘ I as T˘ken Gombei (唐犬権兵衛, standing)

Play: Possibly Kakitsubata Tamuke no Hanakawado

Date: 1847-1850 (censors Mera and Murata)

Publisher: Hayashi-ya Sh˘gor˘

Actors:

Play: Kanadehon Chűshingura

Date: c. 1848

Publisher: Kame-ya Iwakichiá

 

NOTE: This print is alternate state of a design in the warrior series Origins of the True Loyalty of the Faithful Samurai

Actors: Unidentified actors as Sanada Yoichi (真田与市) with Matano Gor˘ (股野五郎) in background

Date: 1846-1852

Publisher: No seal

 

I am grateful to Robert Pryor for this image.

Actors: Ichimura Uzaemon XII (left), Nakamura Utaemon IV (center), and Band˘ Shűka I (right)

Play: Possibly Yoshitsune koshigoej˘ (義経腰越状)

Date: 1847-1848 (censors Hama and Kinugasa)

Publisher: ďta-yaTakichi

 

 

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