Actor triptychs

1854

 

Actors: Left sheet: Arashi Wonkichi III and Nakamura Tsuruz˘ I in unidentified roles

Center sheet: Kataoka Gad˘ II as Tametomo (御曹子為朝)

Right sheet: Iwai Kumesabur˘ III as Tadakuni (忠国女白縫),á with Ichikawa Kohanji I and another actor in unidentified roles

Play: Matsu icho tsuru kame Soga (松扇杏鶴亀曽我)

Date: 1st month of 1854

Theater: Nakamura

Publisher: Hirabayashi-ya Sh˘gor˘

 

NOTE: This actor triptych is an altered version of a design originally published by Iba-ya Sensabur˘ c. 1842-1843 as a warrior triptych

Actors: Band˘ Shűka I as Oshiyun (おしゆん)

Play: Hatsu gasumi onna saruhiki (初霞女猿廻)

Date: 3rd month of 1854

Theater: Kawarasaki

Publisher: Yamada-ya Sh˘jir˘

Actors: Nakamura Fukusuke I as Kumagai Jir˘ Naozane (left) and Ichikawa Koz˘ as Yoshitsune (right)

Play: Ichinotani futaba gunki (Battle of Ichinotani)

Date: 5th month of 1854

Theater: Ichimura

Publisher: Mita-ya Kihachi

Actors: Left sheet: Kataoka Gat˘ II as Hayano Kampei

Center sheet: Seki Kasuke as Yoichibei and an unidentified actor as Senzaki Yagor˘

Right sheet: Band˘ Hikosabur˘ IV as Sadakur˘

Play: Kanadehon Chűshingura

Date: 5th month of 1854

Theater: Nakamura

Publisher: No seal

 

NOTE: This triptych is a modified reprint of a triptych made for an earlier performance of Kanadehon Chűshingura, in the second month of 1851.á In this 1854 reprint, the actorĺs faces have been changed, and the publisherĺs seal has been removed.á In the reprint, an 1854 date seal and the aratame censorĺs seal have replaced the seals of the censors Fuku and Muramatsu.áá

Actors:

Play: Kanadehon Chűshingura

Date: 5th month of 1854

Theater: Nakamura

Publisher: Mita-ya Kihachi

Actors: Nakamura Tomijűr˘ II as Sarashina (更科) and 10 year old Ichimura Uzaemon XIII as Shikanosuke (鹿之介)

Play: Ehon Sarashina monogatari (絵本更科譚)

Date: 7th month of 1854

Theater: Ichimura

Publisher: Kazusa-ya Iwaz˘

Actors: Nakamura Fukusuke I as Hanaregoma Ch˘kichi (放駒の長吉, left) and Arashi Kichisabur˘ III as Nuregami Ch˘gor˘ (濡髪の長五郎, right)

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

Date: 7th month of 1854

Theater: Ichimura

Publisher: Mita-ya Kihachiáá

Another state of the right-hand panel of the above diptych in which the background text is superimposed upon the red cartouche in the right upper corner.á I am grateful to Marc Devriese for this image.

Actors: Left sheet: Nakamura Fukusuke I as Hanaregoma no Chokichi (放駒長吉) and Nakamura Kantar˘ I as Mihara Ariemon (三原肴右エ門)

Right sheet: Arashi Kichisabur˘ III as Nuregami Chogor˘ (濡髪長五郎)

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

Date: 7th month of 1854

Theater: Ichimuraza

Publisher: Enshű-ya Hikobei

Actors: Left sheet: Nakamura Fukusuke I as Yogor˘ (与五郎) with unidentified actors as Geta no Ichi (下駄の市) and as Node no San (の手ノさん)

Right sheet: Arashi Kichisabur˘ III as Nuregami Chogor˘ (濡髪長五郎)

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

Date: 7th month of 1854

Theater: Ichimuraza

Publisher: Ebi-ya Rinnosuke

Diptych title: The Fifty-three Stations on Shankĺs Mare, Odawara (Hizakurige go--san eki, Odawara; 膝栗毛五十三驛, 与太兵衛)

Actors: Left sheet:á Nakamura Ichiz˘ I as Yajirobei and Arashi Wonkichi III as Yadoroku (与太兵衛)

Right sheet: Nakamura Tsuruz˘ I as Kitahachi (喜太八) and ďtani Tokuji as the maidservant (gejo) Otoku (下女おとく)

Play: Tabi Tuzume aiyado banashi (旅雀我好話)á

Date: 7th month of 1854

Theater: Nakamura

Publisher: Ebi-iya Rinnosuke

 

This diptych is part of the series The Fifty-three Stations on Shankĺs Mare.

Actors:

Play: Tabi Tuzume aiyado banashi (旅雀我好話)á

Date: 7th month of 1854

Theater: Nakamura

Publisher:

Actors: Left sheet: Nakamura Fukusuke I as Urashima Taro (おまんがあめ, 浦しま)

Center sheet: Arashi Kichisabur˘ III as Tahara Tota (田原藤太秀郷) and Nakamura Fukusuke I as Wakame Karihagi (和かり 龍女)

Right Sheet: Nakamura Tomijűr˘ II as Chimori no Jigokű (遊女地獄) and Nakamura Fukusuke I as Ikkyu Zenji (一休禅師)

Play: Uta no shiori meisho no eawase (歌俤栞名所絵合)

Date: 7th month of 1854

Theater: Ichimura

Publisher: Mita-ya Kihachiá

Actors: Nakamura Fukusuke I as the candy seller Oman ga ame (おまんがあめ) with Nakamura Utaemon IV inset

Play: Uta no shiori meisho no eawase (歌俤栞名所絵合)

Date: 7th month of 1854

Theater: Ichimura

Publisher: ďta-ya Takichi

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Actors: Nakamura Fukusuke I as Ikkyűosh˘ (一休和尚, left) and Nakamura Tomijűr˘ II as Jigoku Dayű (地ごく大夫, right)

Play: Uta no shiori meisho no eawase (歌俤栞名所絵合)

Date: 7th month of 1854

Theater: Ichimura

Publisher: Hirabayashi-ya Sh˘gor˘

 

I am grateful to Robert Pryor for this image.

Actors: Left sheet: Asao Okuyama III as Fujika Sakur˘? (富士ヶ根左九郎) and Band˘ Shűka I as the thief Hitomaru Oroku (盗賊人丸お六)

Center sheet: Ichikawa Kodanji IV as Tennichib˘ (??天日坊)

Right sheet: Arashi Rikan III as Jirai Tar˘ (地雷太郎) and ďtani Tomoemon IV as Akaboshi Daihachi (赤星大八)

Play: Azuma kudari gojűsan tsugi (Fifty-three post stations along the Azuma, 吾孺下五十三駅)

Date: 8th month of 1854

Theater: Kawarasaki

Publisher: Kakumoto-ya Kinjir˘

Actors: Left sheet: Band˘ Shuka I as onna junrei (female pilgrim) Osen, actually the tozoku (the bandit) Hitomaru Oroku (女巡礼おせん 実ハ盗賊人丸お六), and an unidentified actor as Osan Babaa (お三ばゝア)á

Right sheet: Arashi Rikan III as Kannon-in Genan Kyűsuke (観音院下男久介), and Ichikawa Kodanji IV as Kannon-in Deshi H˘saku (観音院弟子法策)

Play: Azuma kudari gojűsan tsugi (Fifty-three post stations along the Azuma, 吾孺下五十三駅)

Date: 8th month of 1854

Theater: Kawarasaki

Publisher: Mikawa-ya Kihei (seal , 三喜)

Actors: Left sheet: Arashi Rikan III as Narusawa Hayato (隼人?) and Arashi Rikan III as Takekawa Iganosuke (竹川大?)

Right sheet: Band˘ Shuka I as Hitomaru no Oroku (人丸のお六)

Play: Azuma kudari gojűsan tsugi (Fifty-three post stations along the Azuma, 吾孺下五十三駅)

Date: 8th month of 1854 (dated 7th intercalated month of 1854)

Theater: Kawarasaki

Publisher: Kazusa-ya Iwaz˘

Actors: Ichikawa Kodanji IV as Kannon-in Deshi H˘saku (観音院弟子法作)

Play: Azuma kudari gojűsan tsugi (Fifty-three post stations along the Azuma, 吾孺下五十三駅)

Date: 8th month of 1854

Theater: Kawarasaki

Publisher: Kakumoto-ya Kinjir˘

Actors: Left sheet: Arashi Rikan III as Misakuĺs younger sister Otatsu (三作 おたつ) and two other actors

Right sheet: Ichikawa Kodanji IV as Otatsuĺs older brother Misaku (おたつ 三作) and two other actors

Play: Azuma kudari gojűsan tsugi (Fifty-three post stations along the Azuma, 吾孺下五十三駅)

Date: 8th month of 1854

Theater: Kawarasaki

Publisher: ďta-ya Takichi

 

NOTE: Otatsu, who is about to turn into a fox, writes a farewell poem to her son with a brush in her mouth.á

Actors: Arashi Rikan III as Misakuĺs younger sister Otatsu (三作 おたつ, left) and Ichikawa Kodanji IV as Otatsuĺs older brother Misaku (おたつ 三作, right)

Play: Azuma kudari gojűsan tsugi (Fifty-three post stations along the Azuma, 吾孺下五十三駅)

Date: 8th month of 1854

Theater: Kawarasaki

Publisher: Kazusa-ya Iwaz˘

 

I am grateful to Ward Pieters for this image.

Actors: Ichikawa Kodanji IV as Otatsuĺs older brother Misaku (おたつ 三作, left) and Arashi Rikan III as Misakuĺs younger sister Otatsu (三作 おたつ, right)

Play: Azuma kudari gojűsan tsugi (Fifty-three post stations along the Azuma, 吾孺下五十三駅)

Date: 8th month of 1854

Theater: Kawarasaki

Publisher: Yamaguchi-ya T˘bei

Actors: Ichikawa Kodanji IV as the monk Tenjitsubo (left) and Band˘ Shűka I as a high-ranking courtesan (高窓太夫, right)

Play: Azuma kudari gojűsan tsugi (Fifty-three post stations along the Azuma, 吾孺下五十三駅)

Date: 8th month of 1854

Theater: Kawarasaki

Publisher: Ise-ya Kanekichi

Actors: Narrator on left and three kabuki actors in costume

Play:

Date: 8th month of 1854

Theater:

Publisher: Mikawa-ya Kihei

Actors: Kataoka Gad˘ II as Nagasawa Hayata (長沢早太), Nakamura Tsuruz˘ I as Ibaraki no Yaz˘ (茨木の弥蔵), and Kataoka Gad˘ II as Yamaban Matsuzaku (山番松作)

Play: Hatsu momiji ogura no shikishi (初紅葉小倉色紙)

Date: 9th month of 1854

Theater: Nakamura

Publisher: Ebi-ya Rinnosuke

Title: Actors Compared to the Six Jewel Rivers (Mutsu no Tamagao, 六の玉顔)

Actors: Left sheet: Actor in male role compared to the Chidori no Tamagawa (千鳥の玉川) and probably Band˘ Shuka I as the Buddhist nun Seigen

Right sheet: Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VIII as Yosabur˘ (与三郎) compared to the Chofu no Tamagawa (調布の玉川), Onoe Baik˘ IV as Yokogushi Otomi (よこぐしのおとみ) compared to the T˘i no Tamagawa (檮衣玉川), and Band˘ Mitsugor˘ IV as Soma no Yoshikado (相馬良門) compared to the Ide no Tamagawa (井手の玉顔)

Date: 9th month of 1854

Theater:

Publisher: ďta-ya Takichi

 

NOTE: This diptych may not represent a specific dramatic scene.á I am grateful to Marc DeVriese for the image and to Robert Pryor for the above information.

Actors: Right sheet: Nakamura Utaemon IV as Daiba Nisabur˘ who is in reality the Bunju Bodhisattva (提婆仁三郎実ハ文珠菩薩化身)

Play: Possibly Keisei kuruwa no kadomatsu (The New Year Pine Tree of the Pleasure Quarters, けいせい廓門松)

Date: 11th month of 1854

Theater:

Publisher: Ki-ya S˘jir˘

 

Actors: Left sheet: Band˘ Shuka I

Center sheet: Band˘ Takesabur˘ I

Right sheet: Nakamura K˘z˘ I and Nakamura Fukusuke I

Play:

Date: 12th month of 1854

Theater:

Publisher: Ebi-ya Rinnosuke

Two sheets from another state of the above design

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Actor: Triptych memorial for Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VIII

Date: 1854

Publisher:

Title: Eight Brides for the Only Son (Hitori musuko ni yome hachinin)

Actor: Diptych of Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VIII and his fans, possibly a memorial print (shini-e)

Date: 1847-1854

Publisher: Enshű-ya Hikobei

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