Double and triple bust portraits of actors,

Part I

Included in this section are diptychs and triptychs in which at least one sheet is a double or triple bust portrait.á It is possible that some of the illustrated single sheets are from larger compositions.á Unless otherwise noted, these prints are each about 14 by 10 inches (36 by 25 centimeters), a size known as ˘ban.á I am grateful to Ward Pieters for assisting with this section.

 

Actors: Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VIII as Hanaoka Bunshichi (花岡文七, male role) and Band˘ Shuka I as Kiyokawa (こし元清川)

Play: Mimasu mimasu karigane Soga

Date: 1st month of 1850

Theater: Nakamura

Publisher: Shimizu-ya Tsunejir˘

 

NOTE: This print and the four following prints belong to the series Flowers of Edo: Five Otokodate (Edo no hana no gonin otoko, 江戸の花五人男) which is not listed in Kuniyoshi by Basil William Robinson (Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 1961)

 

Actors: Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VIII as Kaminari Sh˘kur˘ (雷庄九郎) and Band˘ Shuka I in an unidentified female role

Play: Mimasu mimasu karigane Soga

Date: 1st month of 1850

Theater: Nakamura

Publisher: Isetsuru

 

 

 

 

 

 

Actors: Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VIII as Hotei Ichiemon (ほてい丸の市右衛門)

Play: Mimasu mimasu karigane Soga

Date: 1st month of 1850

Theater: Nakamura

Publisher: Isetsuru

 

 

Actors: Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VIII as Gokuin Senemon (極印仙右衛門)

Play: Mimasu mimasu karigane Soga

Date: 1st month of 1850

Theater: Nakamura

Publisher: Isetsuru

 

 

 

Actors: Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VIII as Otonai (安の平兵衛, top) and Ichikawa Kodanji IV as Akazawa Junai (沢十内)

Play: Mimasu mimasu karigane Soga

Date: 1st month of 1850

Theater: Nakamura

Publisher: Shimizu-ya Tsunejir˘

 

 

 

 

 

Actors: Band˘ Shuka I as the Buddhist nun Narukami (女鳴神尼) and Arashi Kangor˘ I in an unidentified role

Play: Kumo no uwasa onna Narukami (雲艶女鳴神)

Date: 6th month of 1854

Theater: Kawarasaki

Publisher: Enshű-ya Hikobei

 

 

Actors: Nakamura Utaemon IV as Takagi Oriaemon and Onoe Kikujir˘ II as Umenoi Play: Takagi Oriemon budojitsu roku (高木織右武実録)

Date: 8th month of 1848

Theater: Nakamura

Publisher: Horimasa

 

 

 

Actors: Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VIII as Yamauba and Ichikawa Kodanji IV as Kwaido Maru (Kintoki)

Play: Takigi o yukima no Ichikawa

Date: 11th month of 1848

Theater: Kawarasaki

Publisher: Horimasa

 

I am grateful to Marc DeVriese for this image.

 

Actors: Ichilawa Danjűr˘ VIII as Heigawara Jiroz˘ (top) andá Band˘ Hikosabur˘ IV as Akogi no Heiji

Play: Seishu Akogi gaura

Date: 10th month of 1849

Publisher: Mikawa-ya Tetsugor˘

 

 

 

Actors:

Play:

Date: 1846-1852

Publisher: Horimasa

 

Actors: Ichilawa Danjűr˘ VIII as Mitsuuji (光氏, suggesting Prince Genji) being handed a letter by Nakamura Kantar˘ I as Kawajir˘ (川次郎)

Play: Genji Moy˘ furisada hinagata (源氏模様娘雛形)

Date: 9th month of 1851

Theater: Ichimura

Publisher: Enshű-ya Hikobei

 

 

Actors: Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VIII as Komazawa Jirozaemon (top) and Band˘ Shuka I as Miyuki, the blind koto player

Play: The Yadoya scene from Eiri Sh˘setsu Asagao Monogatari

Date: 8th month of 1848

Theater: Ichimura

Publisher: Iba-ya Sensabur˘á

 

 

 

Actors: Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VIII as Natsume Shirosabur˘ holding a child and Band˘ Shuka I as the female bandit Kishin Omatsu (top)

Play: Shinpan koshi no shiranami (新板越白浪)

Date: 9th month of 1851

Theater: Ichimura

Publisher: Enshű-ya Hikobei

 

 

Another state of the above print

 

A later edition, probably for another production, with the actorsʼ names added in white cartouches.á I am grateful to Marc DeVriese for this image.

 

Actors: Ichikawa Ebiz˘ V as Kumagai Jir˘ Naozane (熊谷次郎直実) fighting with Ichikawa Saruz˘ I as mukan taifu Atsumori (無官の太夫敦盛)

Play: Ichinotani futaba gunki (一谷嫩軍記)

Date: 3rd month of 1850 (censors Hama and Magome)

Theater: Kawarazak

Publisher: Enshű-ya Hikobei

 

 

Actors: Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VIII as Yoshikado and Onoe Kikujir˘ II as Kikyo-no-mae

Play: Azuma dairi hana mo Yoshikado (東都内裡花能門)

Date: 11th month of 1848

Theater: Kawarasaki

Publisher: Horimasa

 

 

Actors: Nakamura Utaemon IV as Otaka Tonomo (大高主殿) and Seki Sanjűr˘ III as Yokoyama Daiz˘ (横山大蔵)

Play: Takagi Oriemon budojitsu roku (高木織右武実録)

Date: 8th month of 1848

Theater: Nakamura

Publisher: under a single mountain is identified as Hori Takichi of Yushima in Kuniyoshi by B. W. Robinson (Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 1961), but as ďta-ya Takichi in Publishers of Japanese Woodblock Prints: A Compendium by Andreas Marks (Hotei Publishing, Leiden, 2011)

 

I am grateful to Marc DeVriese for this image.

 

Actors: Nakamura Utaemon IV as Otaka Tonomo (大高主殿) biting on a silk cloth as he performs ritual seppuku and Nakamura Tsuruz˘ I as Ry˘shi Ganz˘ (猟師鴈蔵)

Play: Takagi Oriemon budojitsu roku (高木織右武実録)

Date: 8th month of 1848 (censors Muramatsu and Yoshimura)

Theater: Nakamura

Publisher: Horimasa

 

 

 

 

Actors: Sawamura Ch˘jűr˘ V as ďboshi Yuranosuke (top) and Iwai Kumesabur˘ III as ďboshi Rikiya

Play: Kanedon Chűshingura

Date: 7th month of 1849

Theater: Nakamura

Publisher: Hayashi-ya Sh˘gor˘

 

Actors: Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VIII as Mitsuuji (光氏, suggesting Prince Genji) and Band˘ Shuka I as Tasogare (たそがれ)

Play: Genji Moy˘ furisada hinagata (源氏模様娘雛形)

Date: 9th month of 1851

Theater: Ichimura

Publisher: Kadomaru-ya

 

 

 

 

Another state of the above design with the actorsʼ names written in a different script.á I am grateful to Marc DeVriese for this image.

 

Actors: Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VIII as Miyagi Asojir˘ (male role) and Band˘ Shűka I as Miyuki, the blind koto player

Play: The Akashi no Ura Funawakare scene from Eiri Sh˘setsu Asagao Monogatari (絵入稗史蕣物語)

Date: 8th month of 1848

Theater: Ichimura

Publisher: Sumiyoshi-ya Masagor˘

 

Actors: Band˘ Shűka I as Danshichi Okaji (団七お梶) and Seki Sanjűr˘ III as Giheiji Obaba (義平次お婆ア)

Play: Shinz˘ tsurifune kidan (新造艣奇談)

Date: 5th month of 1852

Theater: Ichimura

Publisher: Isekane

 

NOTE: There is a festival parade in the background

 

 

Actors: Ichikawa Kodanji IV as Hige no Ikyu (髭の意休, top), Band˘ Shuka I as Miuraya Agemaki (三浦や揚巻, middle), and Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VIII as Hanakawado Sukeroku (花川戸の助六, bottom)

Play: Sukeroku kuruwa no hanamidoki (助六廓の花見時) 

Date: 3rd month of 1850

Theater: Nakamura

Publisher:

 

I am grateful to Marc DeVriese for this image.

 

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