Hayatake Torakichi (早竹 虎吉)

Publisher: Daikoku-ya Kinnosuke

Second month of 1857

 

Hayatake Torakichi (早竹 虎吉) was an acrobat and the main attraction of an Osaka-based troupe of performers that traveled to Edo in 1857.á This series is listed as number 214 in Kuniyoshi by Basil William Robinson (Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 1961).á The prints are each about 14 by 10 inches (36 by 25 centimeters), a size known as ˘ban.

 

 

Title: Flowers of Edo, Leaves Dangling from Trees (Edo no hana, konoha otoshi, 江戸ノ花 木葉落)

Text: Performance at West Ryogoku (Ry˘goku ni k˘gy˘ tsukawashi-s˘r˘, 於西両国ニ 興行仕候)

Description: Acrobat suspended by his feet holding a man and a boy

 

 

Title: The Fuji Flagpole (Fuji hatazao, 冨士旗竿)

Text: Performance at West Ryogoku (Oite Nishi Ry˘goku k˘gy˘ tsukawashi-s˘r˘, 於西両国興行仕候)

Description: Acrobat on the Fuji flagpole

 

 

Title: Stone Bridge (Shakky˘, 石橋)

Text: Performace at the West Ryogoku (Oite Nishi Ry˘goku k˘gy˘ tsukawashi-s˘r˘, 於西両国興行仕候)

Description: Acrobat dressed as a shakky˘mono lion dancer balancing two children similarly dressed

 

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