Eight Views of the East

(Azuma hakkei uchi, 東八景内)

Publisher: Izumi-ya Ichibei

1839

 

This series shows the kabuki actor Nakamura Utaemon IV (中村歌右衛門) in eight different roles, and each role is likened to a view of the eastern provinces.  He performed the eight roles in the play Hanagoyomi iro no showake (花翫暦色所八景), in the 3rd month of 1839 in the Nakamura Theater.  Six of the prints are by Kuniyoshi and two are by Kunisada.  The prints in this series are each about 14 by 10 inches (36 by 25 centimeters), a size known as ôban. 

 

Artist: Kuniyoshi

Role: The Dragon Princess (天女)

View: Homing geese at Shinobu no oka (Shinobu no oka rakugan, 忍岡ノ落雁)

 

 

Artist: Kuniyoshi

Role: The boatman (船頭)

View: Returning boats at Takanawa (高輪帰帆)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Artist: Kuniyoshi

Role: Suzume Odori (雀踊)

View: Evening glow at Ryougoku (両国ノ夕照)

 

Artist: Kuniyoshi

Role: The candy vendor (飴売)

View: Clearing weather at Otowa (音羽ノ晴嵐)

 

Artist: Kuniyoshi

Role: A toshima (mature woman, 旁妻)

View: Vesper bells on the Sumida River (Sumida bansho, 隅田ノ晩鐘)

 

Artist: Kuniyoshi

Role: Tanzen (丹前) View: Autumn moon at Fukagawa (深川朧月)

 

Artist: Kunisada

Role: Sukeroku (助六)

View: Night rain at the Yoshihara (吉原の夜雨)

 

Artist: Kunisada

Role: The Heron Maiden (さぎ娘)

View: Lingering snow at Aoi-zaka Hill (葵坂ノ暮雪)

    “Robinson” refers to listing of the series in Kuniyoshi by Basil William Robinson (Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 1961). 

 

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