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.

Kuniyoshi -  (double actor portraits) Flowers of Edo - 5 Otokodate, Bunshichi & Kiyokawa 101-0101

 

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)

Kuniyoshi -  (double actor portraits) Flowers of Edo - 5 Otokodate, Ichikawa Danjuro VIII as Shokuro & Tamasaburo in onnagata role 101-0103

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

Kuniyoshi -  (double actor portraits) Flowers of Edo - 5 Otokodate, Actor as either An no Heibei or as Hotei Ichiemon, Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VIII as Hotei Ichiemon, 101-0104

 

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

 

Kuniyoshi -  (double actor portraits) Flowers of Edo - 5 Otokodate, 101-0102

 

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

 

 

Kuniyoshi -  (double actor portraits) Flowers of Edo - 5 Otokodate,  Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VIII as Otonai (top) and Akazawa Junai Ichikawa Kodanji IV as Akazawa Junai, 101-0105

 

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

 

double head portrait of Nakamura Utaemon IV as Takagi Oriaemon and Onoe Kikujiro II as his wife Umenoi in 'Takagi ďtaemon bud˘goto roku', (8)1848, 100-6765

 

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

 

 

Ichikawa Danjuro VIII as Yamauba and Ichikawa Kodanji IV as Kwaido Maru (Kintoki) in the play Yukima no ichikawa performed at the Kawarasaki Theatre 4th day (11)1848

 

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.

Kuniyoshi -  (double actor portraits) 100-8530

 

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˘

 

 

Kuniyoshi -  (double actor portraits) 2035

 

Actors:

Play:

Date: 1846-1852

Publisher: Horimasa

Kuniyoshi -  (double actor portraits)  c1849-, Prince Genji is handed a letter by Kawajiro

 

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

 

Kuniyoshi -  (double actor portraits) A blind koto player entertaining a nobleman, c

 

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

 

 

Kuniyoshi -  (double actor portraits) actors as Natsume Shirosabur˘ holding a child and female bandit kishin Omatsu, (Alt

 

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

 

Kuniyoshi -  (double actor portraits) 'T˘zoku Kishin Omatsu', Natsume Shirosabur˘ holding a child and female bandit kishin Omatsu

 

Another state of the above print

1851-9ShinpanVariant

 

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.

Kuniyoshi -  (double actor portraits) c1847-48, Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VIII as Kumagai Jir˘ Naozane fighting with Iwai Hanshiro III as Mukan Daya Atsumori in 'Ichi-no-Tani Futaba Gunki', 005-0345

 

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

 

Kuniyoshi -  (double actor portraits) Ichikawa Danjuro VIII as Yoshikado & Onoe Kikujiro II as Kikyo-no-mae in 'Azuma Dairihana Yoshikado', 1848, pub

 

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

 

1848-8NakamuraUtaemonIV&SekiSanjűr˘III

 

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.

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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

 

 

 

Kanedon Chűshingura, becourse above it must be ďboshi Yuranosuke, 1847-52

 

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˘

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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

 

 

 

1851-9Band˘ShűkaI&IchikawaDanjűr˘VIIIVariantCartouches

 

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.

Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VIII & Band˘ Shűka I as Asojir˘ & Miyuki in the 'Akashi no Ura Funawakare' scene of the drama 'Eiri Sh˘setsu Asagao Monogatari', which was staged in August 1848 at the Ichimuraza

 

Actors: Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VIII as Miyagi Asojir˘ (宮木阿曽次郎, male role) and Band˘ Shűka I as Miyuki, the blind koto player (秋月娘深雪 後ニ朝顔)

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˘

The evil murderous Hag creeping up on her last intended victim

 

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

 

Ichikawa Kodanji IV as Hige no Ikyu (top), Band˘ Shuka I as Miuraya Agemaki (middle) & Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VIII as Hanakawado Sukeroku (bottom) in 'Sukeroku kuruwa no hanamidoki', (3)1850, 100-2556

 

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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