Actor triptychs

1847, Part I

 

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Actors: Left sheet: ďtani Tomoemon IV as Oni˘ Shinzaemon (鬼王新左衛門) and Band˘ Shűka I as Maidzuru (舞つる)

Center sheet: Onoe Tamiz˘ II as Yawata Sabur˘ (八幡三郎), Nakamura Gennosuke II as Jűr˘ Sukenari (十郎祐成), and Ichikawa Ebiz˘ V as Soga Gor˘

Right sheet: Nakamura Utaemon IV as ďmi Kot˘ta (近江小藤太), and Onoe Kikugor˘ III as Kudo Saemon (工藤祐経)

Play: Kumite Mimasu Soga no Hatsuyume (綬三升曽我初夢)

Theater: Nakamura

Date: 1st month of 1847 (censors Muramatsu and Yoshimura)

Publisher: Koga-ya Katsugor˘

Actors: Seki Sanjűr˘ as yakko Yata ( 矢田平)

Play: Kumite Mimasu Soga no Hatsuyume (綬三升曽我初夢)

Date: 1st month of 1847

Theater: Nakamura

Publisher: Ebi-ya Rinnosuke

Actors: Iwai Kumisabur˘ III as Aburaya Osome (left), Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VIII as Honch˘ Tsunagor˘ (center), and Band˘ Hikosabur˘ IV as Aburaya Daisabur˘ (right)

Play: Kumite Mimasu Soga no Hatsuyume (綬三升曽我初夢)

Date: 1st month of 1847 (censors Hama and Kinugasa)

Theater: Nakamura

Publisher: Ebi-ya Rinnosuke

 

I am grateful to Robert Pryor for this image.

Actors: Iwai Kumisabur˘ III as Aburaya Osome (油屋お染, left), Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VIII as Honch˘ Tsunagor˘ (本町綱五郎, center), and Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VIII as detchi (apprentice) Hisamatsu (てつち久松, right)

Play: Kumite Mimasu Soga no Hatsuyume (綬三升曽我初夢)

Date: 1st month of 1847 (censors Hama and Kinugasa)

Theater: Nakamura

Publisher: Wakau (若宇)

 

I am grateful to Paul Steier for this image.

Actors: Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VIII as Ishikawa Goemon (石川五右衛門, left) and Iwai Kumesabur˘ III as Kirihime (桐姫, right)

Play: Kumite Mimasu Soga no Hatsuyume (綬三升曽我初夢)

Date: 1st month of 1847

Theater: Nakamura

Publisher: Wakasa-ya Uhei

 

NOTE: The right sheet bears the seals of the censors Hama and Kinugasa, which are appropriate for the 1st month of 1847.á However, the left sheet has the seal of the censor Watanabe Sh˘emon, which was used alone from the 6th month of 1842 to the 5th intercalary month of 1846, indicating that the panel was originally designed for a different production.á I am grateful to Lucienne Parkan for information about this diptych.

Actors: Left sheet: Asao Tamejűr˘ as Sakurai Rinzaemon (桜井林左工門) fighting Ichikawa Kuz˘ II as Ikezoe Magohachi (池添孫八), and an unidentified actor as Koshiai Kanshiro (越合官四郎)

Center sheet: Nakamura Utaemon IV as Karaki Masaemon (唐木政右エ門)

Right sheet: ďtani Tomoemon IV as Sawai Matagor˘ (沢井又五郎) fighting Matsumoto Kinsh˘ I as Wada Shizuma (和田静夫), and an unidentified actor as Takeuchi Dennai (竹内傳内)

Play: Norikake Soga d˘chű sugoroku (飾駒曽我通双六)

Date: 1st month of 1847 (censors Muramatsu and Yoshimura)

Theater: Kawarasaki

Publisher: Iba-ya Sensabur˘

Actors: Matsumoto Kinsh˘ I as Wada Shizuma (left), Otani Tomoemon IV as Sawai Matagoro (center), and Nakamura Utaemon IV as Karaki Masaemon (right)

Play: Norikake Soga d˘chű sugoroku (飾駒曽我通双六)

Date: 1st month of 1847

Theater: Kawarasaki

Publisher: Nomura-ya Tokubei

Actors: Left sheet:

Center sheet: Otani Tomoemon IV as Sawai Matagoro and Matsumoto Kinsh˘ I as Wada Shizuma

Right sheet:

Play: Norikake Soga d˘chű sugoroku (飾駒曽我通双六)

Date: 1st month of 1847 (censors Mera and Murata)á

Theater: Kawarasaki

Publisher: Ningy˘-ya Takichi

I am grateful to Robert Pryor for this alternate state with a solid red title cartouche.

Actors: Left sheet:

Center sheet: Otani Tomoemon IV as Sawai Matagoro

Right sheet:

Play: Norikake Soga d˘chű sugoroku (飾駒曽我通双六)

Date: 1st month of 1847 (censor Fukatsu Ihei)á

Theater: Kawarasaki

Publisher: Yamaguchi-ya T˘bei

Actors: Left sheet: Fujikawa Kayű III as Azuma (あづま) and Ichimura Uzaemon XII as Yamazaki no wan hisa (山崎の椀久)

Center sheet: Sawamura Sojűr˘ V as Horie no Wankyű (堀江の椀久)

Right sheet: Onoe Baik˘ IV as Matsuyama (松山) and Seki Sanjűr˘ III as menu Gohei (めんう 五兵衛)

Play: Omeyana gitsui no aigasa (梅柳対相傘)

Date: 1st month of 1847

Theater: Ichimura

Publisher: Ebi-ya Rinnosuke

Actors: Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VIII as Dankur˘ (団九郎, left), unidentified actor as Oren (center), and Band˘ Hikosabur˘ V as Kichisuke (吉助, right)

Play: Butai no Hana Yayoi no Irotoki (台比雪花隅色薗)

Date: 2nd month of 1847 (censors Muramatsu and Yoshimura)

Theater: Nakamura

Publisher: Wakasa-ya Uhei

 

Image courtesy of Pierre Wijermans

Actors: Ichikawa Kuz˘ II as Mihonoya Shiro Kunitoshi (国登志, left), Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VIII as Dankur˘ (団九郎, center), and an unidentified actor as Masamune musume Oren (正宗 れん, right)

Play: Butai no Hana Yayoi no Irotoki (台比雪花隅色薗)

Date: 2nd month of 1847

Theater: Nakamura

Publisher: J˘shű-ya Kinz˘

Actors: Onoe Tamizi˘ II as sum˘ wrestler Onigatake Horaemon (鬼ヶ嶽鉄右衛門, left) and Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VIII as wrestler Akitsushima Kuniemon (秋津嶋 国右衛門, right)

Play: Sekitori Nidai no shobu zuke (関取二代勝負付)

Date: 2nd month of 1847

Theater: Nakamura

Publisher: Wakasa-ya Yoichi

Actors: Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VIII as wrestler Akitsushima Kuniemon (right)

Play: Sekitori Nidai no shobu zuke (関取二代勝負付)

Date: 2nd month of 1847

Theater: Nakamura

Publisher: Iba-ya Sensabur˘

Actors: Onoe Tamizi˘ II as sum˘ wrestler Onigatake Horaemon (鬼ヶ嶽洞右衛門, left) and Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VIII as wrestler Akitsushima Kuniemon (秋津嶋国右衛門, right)

Play: Sekitori Nidai no shobu zuke (関取二代勝負付)

Date: 2nd month of 1847

Theater: Nakamura

Publisher: Kobayashi-ya Matsugor˘ of Honseki-ch˘

 

I am grateful to Ward Pieters for locating this image.

I am grateful to Marc Devriese for this image of another state of the above print without the gourd-shaped publisherʼs seal.á

Actors: Sawamura Sojűr˘ V as Yoshida Matsuwaka maru (left), Band˘ Shuka I as Seigen Ama (center), and Onoe Kikugor˘ III as Sarushima Sota (right)

Play: Hatsu Sakura Onoe no Iwafuji (初桜尾上岩藤)

Date: 3rd month of 1847 (censors Muramatsu and Yoshimura)

Theater: Ichimura

Publisher: Kazusa-ya Iwaz˘

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A sheet from another state of the above design, courtesy of Marc DeVriese

Actors: Onoe Kikugor˘ III as Sarushima Sota (猿嶋惣太, left), Band˘ Shűka I as Ohatsu (召仕おはつ, center), and Sawamura Sojűr˘ V as Yoshida Matsuwakamaru (吉田の下部軍助, right)

Play: Hatsu Sakura Onoe no Iwafuji (初桜尾上岩藤)

Date: 3rd month of 1847

Theater: Ichimura

Publisher: Minato-ya Kohei

Another state of the above design without the roles in red boxes

'Kagamiyama Kokyo no Nishiki-e' of the maid Ohatsu confronting Iwafuji in a garden at night, 1847-8

Actors: Band˘ Shűka I as Ohatsu (left) and Sawamura Sojűr˘ V as Lady Iwafuji (right)á

Play: Hatsu Sakura Onoe no Iwafuji (初桜尾上岩藤)

Date: 3rd month of 1847 (censors Muramatsu and Yoshimura)

Theater: Ichimura

Publisher: Ky˘ji

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

Actors: Band˘ Shűka I as Ohatsu (left) and Sawamura Sojűr˘ V as Lady Iwafuji (right)á

Play: Hatsu Sakura Onoe no Iwafuji (初桜尾上岩藤)

Date: 3rd month of 1847 (censors Muramatsu and Yoshimura)

Theater: Ichimura

Publisher: Wakasa-ya Uhei

Actors: Onoe Baiko IV as chűr˘ Onoe (中老 尾上, left) and Sawamura Sojűr˘ V as Lady Iwafuji ( 岩藤, right)

Play: Hatsu Sakura Onoe no Iwafuji (初桜尾上岩藤)

Date: 3rd month of 1847

Theater: Ichimura

Publisher: Ebisu-ya Shoshichi

Actors: Sawamura Ch˘jűr˘ V as Yoshida Matsuwakamaru (left) and Onoe Kikugor˘ III as Sarushima Sota (right)

Play: Hatsu Sakura Onoe no Iwafuji (初桜尾上岩藤)

Date: 3rd month of 1847

Theater: Ichimura

Publisher: Horimasa

Title of triptych: Crossing on the Sumida River (隅田川渡場之圖, Sumidagawa watashiba no zu)

Actors: Onoe Kikugor˘ III as Sarushima Sota (猿島惣太, left), Iwai Hanshir˘ V as the nun Seigen (女清玄, center), and Sawamura Ch˘jűr˘ V as Yoshida Matsuwakamaru (吉田松若丸) fishing for a womanĺs kimono (right)

Play: Hatsu Sakura Onoe no Iwafuji (初桜尾上岩藤)

Date: 3rd month of 1847 (censors Muramatsu and Yoshimura)

Theater: Ichimura

Publisher: Minato-ya Kohei

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Title of triptych: 忠孝加々 見山

Actors: Band˘ Shűka I as Ohatsu (召仕 お初, left), Onoe Baiko IV as chűr˘ Onoe (中老 尾上, center), and Sawamura Sojűr˘ V as Lady Iwafuji ( 岩藤, right)

Play: Hatsu Sakura Onoe no Iwafuji (初桜尾上岩藤)

Date: 3rd month of 1847 (censors Mera and Murata)

Theater: Ichimura

Publisher: Iba-ya Sensabur˘

 

NOTE: The right sheet of this triptych was slightly modified and reprinted for the production of Kamakura yamasakura no gosho zome in the 3rd month of 1848.

Title: Poetic Justice, Matsuwakaĺs Biography (勧善懲悪 松若伝記)

Actors: Band˘ Shuka I as the Buddhist nun Seigen (清玄尼, left) and Sawamura Sojűr˘ V as Yoshida Matsuwakamaru (松若丸, right)

Play: Hatsu Sakura Onoe no Iwafuji (初桜尾上岩藤)

Date: 3rd month of 1847 (censors Muramatsu and Yoshimura)

Theater: Ichimura

Publisher: J˘shű-ya Kinz˘

Another state of the above design

Actors: Band˘ Shuka I as Seigen

Play: Hatsu Sakura Onoe no Iwafuji (初桜尾上岩藤)

Date: 3rd month of 1847 (censors Hama and Kinugasa)

Theater: Ichimura

Publisher: Sano-ya Kihei

Actors: Sawamura Sojűr˘ V as Yoshida Matsuwakamaru (松若丸, left) and Band˘ Shuka I as the Buddhist nun Seigen (清玄尼, right)

Play: Hatsu Sakura Onoe no Iwafuji (初桜尾上岩藤)

Date: 3rd month of 1847

Theater: Ichimura

Publisher: Iba-ya Sensabur˘

Triptych title: Three People Drinking at the Beginning of Spring (Shunky˘ sannin namayoi)

Dance interlude: Warau kado niwaka no shichifuku

Description: Ichikawa Kuz˘ II, Nakamura Utaemon IV as fisherman Hinokiguma Hamanari (center), and Matsumoto Kinsh˘ I playing kená

Date: 3rd month of 1847 (censors Muramatsu and Yoshimura)

Theater: Kawarasaki

Publisher: Takano-ya Tomoemon

 

I am grateful to Robert Pryor for this image.

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Triptych title: Comic Ken (D˘ke miburi ken)

Dance interlude: Warau kado niwaka no shichifuku

Description: Nakamura Utaemon IV, Ichikawa Kuz˘ II, and Matsumoto Kinsh˘ I playing kená

Date: 3rd month of 1847

Theater: Kawarasaki

Publisher: Kadzusa-ya Iwaz˘

 

NOTE: The small figures illustrate the dance steps.

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