Actor triptychs

1853

 

Actors: Left sheet: Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VIII as Sanshichiro Yoshitaka (七郎義孝)

Right sheet: Ichikawa Kodanji IV,á Seki Sanjűr˘ III, and Ichikawa Komaz˘ VII

Play: Kozote Kuruwa Mimasu no date zome (襷廓三升伊達染)

Date: 1st month of 1853

Theater: Nakamura

Publisher: Mita-ya Kihachi

Actors: Left sheet: Onoe Baik˘ IV as Shirajiku (白菊) and an unidentified actor

Right sheet: Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VIII as Sanshiro Yoshitaka (三七郎義孝) and Seki Sanjűr˘ III as Iwami Tar˘ Tomohide (岩見太郎友秀)

Play: Kozote Kuruwa Mimasu no date zome (襷廓三升伊達染)

Date: 1st month of 1853 (censors Fuku and Muramatsu)

Theater: Nakamura

Publisher:

 

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

Actors: Left sheet: Ichikawa Hirogor˘ I as Utsubo Yakur˘ (宇壷矢九郎), and unidentified actors as K˘tetsu Tachiz˘ (荒鉄太刀蔵) and the servant (shimobe) Gansuke (下部がん助)

Center sheet: Band˘ Shűka I as Aoyagi Harunosuke (青柳春之助) and Band˘ Takesabur˘ I as Yukioka Fuyujir˘ (雪岡冬次郎)

Right sheet: Band˘ Hikosabur˘ IV as ďtomo Keibu S˘ren (大友刑部宗連) and Ichikawa Dannosuke V as Kagesawa Natsunoj˘ (蔭沢夏之丞)

Play: Shiranui monogatari (しらぬひ譚)

Date: 2nd month of 1853

Theater: Kawarasaki

Publisher: Mita-ya Kihachi

Actors: Left sheet: Ichikawa Dannosuke V as Kagesawa Natsunoj˘ (蔭沢夏之丞) and Arashi Kunigor˘ I as K˘tetsu Tachiz˘ (荒鉄太刀蔵)

Center sheet: Band˘ Shuka I as Aoyagi Shunnosuke (青柳春之助), Ichikawa Hirogor˘ I as 宇壺矢九郎 and Ichikawa Daijir˘ VI as the servant (shimobe) Gansuke 下部がん助

Right sheet: Band˘ Hikosabur˘ IV as 大友刑部宗連 and Band˘ Takesabur˘ I as Yukioka Fuyujir˘ (雪岡冬次郎)

Play: Shiranui monogatari (しらぬひ譚)

Date: 2nd month of 1853

Theater: Kawarasaki

Publisher: Ebi-ya Rinnosuke

Actors: Left sheet: Band˘ Shűka I as Funakoshi jitsuwa Wakana hime (船越実ハ若菜姫)

Right sheet: Arashi Rikan III as Genkai Nadaemon (玄海滝右衛門), Arashi Rikaku II as Washizu Rokur˘ (鷲津六郎), and Band˘ Takesabur˘ I as Wachizu Shichor˘ (鷲津七郎)

Play: Shiranui monogatari (しらぬひ譚)

Date: 2nd month of 1853

Theater: Kawarasaki

Publisher: Kakumoto-ya Kinjir˘

Actors: Miyagino (宮城野), who together with her younger sister Shinobu is taking revenge on her fatherĺs murderer, Shiga Danshichi (志賀団七)

Play:

Date: 4th month of 1853

Theater:

Publisher: Mori-ya Jihei

Actors: Arashi Rikaku II as kitsune (fox) Tadanobu (源九郎狐, left), Band˘ Shuka I as Shizuka gozen (center), and Band˘ Takesabur˘ I as Minamoto no Yoshitsune (源義経, inset)

Play: Yoshitsune Senbon zakura (Yoshitsune and the Thousand Cherry Trees, 裏表千本桜)

Date: 5th month of 1853

Theater: Kawarasaki

Publisher: Mikawa-ya Kihei

Actors: Seki Sanjűr˘ III as Momoi Wakasa Nosuke (桃井若狭之介) and Ichikawa Kodanji IV as Gotobei (五斗兵衛)

Date seal: 8th month of 1853

Publisher: Ki-ya S˘jir˘

 

Note: This print is dated the 8th month of 1853, but does not seem to correspond to any known performance.á It is probably a mitate (imaginary scene).á I am grateful to Marc DeVriese for this image

ActorsBand˘ Takesabur˘ I as Danzabur˘ (団三郎) and an unidentified actor as Hataemon (畑右衛門)

Date seal: 8th month of 1853 (date seal)

Publisher: Ki-ya S˘jir˘

 

Note: This print is dated the 8th month of 1853, but does not seem to correspond to any known performance.á It is probably a mitate (imaginary scene).á

Actors: Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VIII as Rokusuke (六三郎) and Band˘ Shűka I as Osono (おその)á

Play: Kana ky˘dai musume no adauchi (仮名姉娘復讐)

Date: 8th month of 1853

Theater: Ichimura

Publisher: Ki-ya S˘jir˘

 

Note: This print is dated the 9th month of 1853, but does not seem to correspond to any known performance.á It is probably a mitate (imaginary scene).á

A greatly simplified version of the above design

Actors: Band˘ Shűka I as Koheiji

Play: Kaidan kohada koheiji (怪談木幡小平治)

Date: 9th month of 1853

Theater: Kawarasaki

Publisher: Mikawa-ya Tetsugor˘

Actors: Nakamura Tomijűr˘ II as Ichimisaiĺs daughter (musume) Osono (一味斎娘おその, left) and Arashi Kichisabur˘ III as Keyamura Rokusuke (毛谷村六助, right)

Play: Kana ky˘dai musume no adauchi (仮名姉娘復讐)

Date: 9th month of 1853

Theater: Ichimura

Publisher: Maru-ya Seijir˘á

Title of triptych: The Tale of Shiraishi: The Revenge (Shiraishibanashi katakiuchi no zu, 白石噺敵討の図)

Actors: Iwai Kumesabűr˘ III as the courtesan Miyagino and Nakamura Tomijűr˘ II as her sister Shinobu taking their revenge on Ky˘goku Takumi who killed their father Yoshioka Ichimisai

Play: Kana kyodai musume adauchi (仮名娣娘復讐)

Date: 10th month of 1853

Theater: Ichimura

Publisher: Yamaguchi-ya T˘bei

 

I am grateful to Ward Pieters for locating this image.

Another state of the above design

Actors: Ichikawa Saruz˘ I as Komachi hime (小町姫, left), Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VIII as seki Sekibei (関兵衛, center sheet), and Ichikawa Komaz˘ VII as Munesada (宗貞, right)

Play: Tsumoru koi yukino seki no to (積恋雪関扉)

Date: 11th month of 1853

Theater: Nakamura

Publisher: J˘shű-ya Kinz˘

 

NOTE: This is a modified version of a design that was originally published for Tsumoru koi yuki no seki no to in the 11th month of 1846.

Actors: Actors as Tokiwa-gozen (常盤御前, left), Yaheibee Munekiyo (弥平兵衛宗清, center), and Munekiyoĺs wife (tsuma) Kashiwagi (宗清つま柏木, right)

Play: Unidentified

Date: 1842-1846 with seal of the censor Watanabe Sh˘emon (top) and 12th month of 1853 (bottom)

Publisher: Tsujioka-ya Bunsuke (top) and Izutsu-ya Sh˘kichi (bottom)

 

NOTE: This triptych was listed as ôTokiwa-gozen and her children in the snowˮ by Robinson in Kuniyoshi: The Warrior-Prints (Cornell University Press, Ithaca, NY, 1982) based on his having seen only the left sheet. However, the privately published supplement states ôThis turns out to be a theatrical triptych, the production so far unidentifiedö.á The play may be Genpei sakigake tsutsuji (魁源平躑躅).

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