Fan Prints of Humorous and Miscellaneous Subjects,

Part I

 

 

Title: Roku kesen (猫の六毛撰).á This is a pun that can mean either Six Immortal Poets or Six Cats with Fur of Different Colors

Description: Cats imitating the Six Immortal Poets

Date: 1843-1846 (censor Muramatsu Genroku)á

Publisher: Iba-ya Sensabur˘

Title: Cats Enjoying the Evening Cool (猫のすずみ)

Date: 1839-1842

Publisher: No seal

A different state of the above print

Title: Cats practicing their music (猫乃けいこ)

Date: 1841

Publisher: No seal

Title: ááá(This genji-mon represents the tenth chapter of the novel, The Tales of Genji.á It is one of a set of 54 rectilinear heraldic devices, each representing one of the chapters.)

Description: Cats imitating chapter ten of the novel, The Tales of Genji

Date: c. 1842

Publisher: No seal

Description: Cats engaged in various activities (猫身八毛意)

Date: c. 1840

Publisher: Kyu (phonetic pronunciation of )

Preparatory drawing for the above print titled 見立て猫見八貝

Title: A collection of cats (Nekotsuruken)

Description: Cats are displayed in various attitudes with the following labels:

1. Fight during cat courtship (neko no kenka wa irogurui)

2. A grey cat, a tabby cat and a spotted bobtail cat slinking off (haige shirobuchi mike choko choko)

3. Purring and begging (nodo gorogoro narashite nedarimasho)

4. Meow, meow, meowŚthe soft touch of flirtation (sore nyan nyago nyan nyago jaretsukuna)

5. Black cat wearing a necklace (karasu ga kubittama shibarareta)

6. Tabby cat wandering around (dora wa h˘b˘ kakezuruten)

7. Mouse, meow, and come here!á (nezumi de nyaa kinasee)

Date: 1847

Publisher: Iba-ya Sensabur˘

Description: Dancing cats

Date: c. 1841

Publisher: No seal

Description: Dance of the spectral animals, a parody on the seven gods of good fortune (the cat is Benten, and the bullfrog is Hotei)

Date: c. 1840

Publisher: No seal

Title: Three Cats at an Indoor Party

Description: Cats playing the game of ken

Date: 1841

Publisher: No seal

Description: The cat family at home

Date: c. 1840

Publisher: No seal

Title: Pale Moon, Cats in Season (Oborozuki neko no sakari, おぼろ月猫の盛)

Description: View of the Yoshiwara with cats as courtesans behind in ôthe cageö

Date: 1846

Publisher: Iba-ya Sensabur˘

Series: A Hundred Catsĺ Physiognomies (Neko no hyaku men-, 猫の百面相)

Robinson: 201

Description: Faces of cats dressed as actors from the seventh act of Chűshingura with the following roles and actors:

 

1. Onoe Eisabur˘ III (Baik˘)
2.á Nakamura Utaemon IV
3.á ďboshi Rikiya: Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VIII
4.á ďboshi Yuranosuke: Sawamura S˘jűr˘ V
5.á Ono Kudayű: Seki Sanjűr˘
III
6.á Nakamura Shibajűr˘ (probably)
7.á Okaru: Iwai Shijaku

Date: 1842

Publisher: No seal

Series: A Hundred Catsĺ Physiognomies (Neko no hyaku men-, 猫の百面相)

Robinson: 201

Description: Faces of cats dressed as actors reflected in mirrors with following actors:

 

1. Osagawa Tsuneyo IV
2.á Unknown
3.á Seki Sanjűr˘
III
4.á ďtani Hiroemon V
5.á Iwai Tojaku (Iwai Hanshir˘ V)
6.á Ichikawa Ebiz˘ V
7.á Ichikawa Hirogor˘
8.á Ichikawa Hakoemon
9.á Nakayama Genjűr˘ (Ichiz˘)

Date: 1842

Publisher: No seal

Series: A Hundred Catsĺ Physiognomies (Neko no hyaku men-, 猫の百面相)

Robinson: 201

Description: Faces of cats dressed as actors reflected in mirrors with following actors:

 

1.á Arashi Kichisabur˘ III
2.á Iwai Shijaku (Iwai Hanshir˘
VII)
3.á Ichikawa Kuz˘ II
4.á Ichikawa Ebiz˘ V (lobster pattern)
5.á Onoe Kikujir˘ II
6.á Nakayama Bungor˘
7.á Sawamura S˘jűr˘ V

Date: 1842

Publisher: No seal

Series: A Hundred Catsĺ Physiognomies (Neko no hyaku men-, 猫の百面相)

Robinson: 201

Description:

Date: 1842

Publisher: No seal

Description: Cats performing act three of the Chűshingura

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Description: Cats performing a scene from a play

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Publisher: Iba-ya Sensabur˘

Description: Catsĺ kabuki with degatari chanters

Date: c.1842

Publisher: Iba-ya Sensabur˘

Title: Futatsu ch˘ch˘ kuruwa nikki

Description: Two cats as sum˘ wrestlers in a famous scene from the kabuki theater

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Publisher:

Title: Kagamiyama

Description: Cats as actors in a scene from the kabuki play Kagamiyama koky˘ no nishikie

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Title: None

Description: Anthropomorphic cats relaxing in summer

Date: c. 1842

Publisher: No seal

ôRobinsonö refers to series number in Kuniyoshi by Basil William Robinson, 1961, Victoria and Albert Museum, London

 

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