Index of Favorite Actors Showing Off

(Yakusha kidori hi-iki-biiki, 役者寄取贔屓びゐき)

Publisher: Maru-ya Jimpachi

c. 1840

 

This series shows full-length images of beautiful women with small bust portraits of kabuki actors in battledore-shaped cartouches.á It is listed as number 175 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.á I am grateful to Ward Pieters for assisting with this series.

 

Description: Woman looking at wind ornaments by the river

Actor: Ichikawa Kuz˘

Role: Asahina

 

Another state of the above design

 

 

Description: Young lady looking admiringly at actor with her cat sleeping behind her

Actor: Kakitsu (poetry name of Ichimura Uzaemon XII)á

Role: Umezawa Kogorobei

 

Description: Beauty leaning on brazier

Actor: Sawamura S˘jűr˘ V

Role:

 

Description: Beauty under flags with the names of donors

Actor: Iwai Hanshir˘ VII

Role:

 

 

Another state of the above design

 

 

Description: Beauty preparing to depart

Actor: Nakamura Kajaku

Role:

 

Description: A homely servant taking orders from her beautiful mistress

Actors: Ichikawa Hakuen (top) and Onoe Eizabur˘ III

Roles:

 

Description: Beauty surrounded by hanging calligraphy

Actor: Ichikawa Hakuen

Role: 見立祐経 (untranslated)

 

Description: Standing woman looking through a screen door at a heavyset woman relaxing and drinking sake

Actors: Unidentified actors of the Onoe (尾上) and ďtani (大谷) lines

Roles:

 

Description: Beauty by a folding screen

Actors: Band˘ Shinsui (坂東 新水)

Role:

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