Actors

 

Actor prints are known as yakusha-e (役者絵).  A vast amount of information about kabuki may be found at Kabuki 21.  Also, see the section Comic and Miscellaneous Prints for caricatures of actors.

Series

Date

Robinson

1961‡

Robinson

1982*

Schaap

1998†

Designs of Modern Actors for Collage-pictures Battledores (Tōsei yakusha oshi-e hagoita)

1832-1833

 

 

 

Selected Fine Performances of Actors for the 8 Views (Mitate saiku yakusha hakkei)

c. 1834

167

 

 

Selected Actors as the Eight Heroes of Bakin’s Hakkenden (Mitate yakusha Hakkenshi)

1840

156

 

14

Index of Favorite Actors Showing Off (Yakusha kidori hi-iki-biiki)

c. 1840

175

 

 

Untitled series of actors’ busts

1840

 

 

 

5 Warriors Likened to 5 Famous Horses of Great Men (五将軍見立五人男馬超)

1843

 

 

 

‘The Sixty-odd Provinces of Japan’ is available on another website

c. 1845

37

S36

 

Joruri Plays Briefly Described (fan prints) (Hitokuchi jōruri)

c. 1845

 

 

 

Selected “Brother-pictures” of 30 Chosen Trees and Flowers (E-kyōdai mitate san-jū bok’kwa-sen)

1845

155

 

 

Fabrics Dyed to Order (Gochūmon oatsurae some)

1846

 

 

 

Fashionable Comparisons of Raised Pictures on Toilet-boxes (Ryūkō kurabe oshie tebako)

1847

168

 

 

Kanadehon Chūshingura

1847

169

 

 

Select Series of Book Titles (Mitate gedai zukushi)

1847-1848

159

 

 

The Loyal Heroes of Bakin’s “Hakkenden” (Giyū Hakkenden)

1847-1848

162

 

15

Personal Encounters for the Eight Views (Au-mi hakkei)

1848

178

 

 

The Five Festivals (Go sekku no uchi)

1849

125

 

 

Untitled series of Chūshingura diptychs

1849

 

 

 

Comparison of the Spirits of Able Men (Date otoko kishō kurabe)

1850

172

 

16

Untitled series of one actor in many roles

1847-1850

 

 

 

Series of standing actors with flowers

1847-1850

 

 

 

Modern Seven Komachi (Imayō nana Komachi)

1851

161

 

 

The Life of Asakura (Asakura kazuyo)

1851

 

 

 

Fashionable Sake Cups (Hayarikou sagazuki)

1851

 

 

 

Chūshingura

1847-1852

 

 

 

Modern Style Set of the Provinces in Edo Brocade (Kōto nishiki imayō kuni-zukushi)

1852

171

 

 

The Eight Heroes of Bakin's “Hakkenden” (Satomi Hakkenden)

1852

173

 

 

Set of Views of Fuji from Edo in Iroha Order (Nanatsu iroha Tōto Fuji zukushi)

1852

181

 

 

Thirty-six Fashionable Restaurants of the Eastern Capital (Tōto ryūkō san-jū-rokkwaiseki)

1852

187

 

 

Selection for the Twelve Signs (Mitate jūnishi no uchi)

1852

192

 

 

Famous Views of Edo Selected for the Twelve Months (Edo meisho mitate jūnikagetsu no uchi roku jūni)

1852

210

 

 

Twelve Acts of the Lantern Chūshingura (Ju-ni dan shoku Kanadehon Chūshingura)

1852

218

 

 

The Seven Gods of Good Luck on the Sumida River (Sumidagawa shichi Fuku-jin no uchi)

1853

203

 

 

Fifty-three Stations on Shank’s Mare (Hizakurige go-jū-san eki)

1854

204

 

 

The Story of the Soga Brothers (Soga monogatari no uchi)

1854

205

 

 

Vengeance at Denka Tea House (Denka chaya adauchi)

1854

 

 

 

Twenty-four Selected Paragons of Filial Piety (Mitate nijūshi-kō)

1854-1855

170

 

 

 

Miscellaneous series of actor prints

 

 

 

 

Harimaze

 

200 and 216

 

 

Double and triple bust portraits of actors

 

 

 

 

Prints depicting the game of ken

 

 

 

 

Fan prints of actors

 

 

 

 

Surimono of actors

 

 

 

 

Memorial prints (shini-e)

 

 

 

 

Actors bowing to audience

 

 

 

 

Miscellaneous bust portraits of actors

 

206

 

 

Miscellaneous Chūshingura prints

 

206

 

 

Polyptychs of four or more sheets

 

 

 

 

Actors playing the game of ken

 

 

 

 

Miscellaneous horizontal actor prints

 

 

 

 

Actor triptychs and diptychs Diptych added 2/3/17

 

105, 159 and 206

 

 

‡ listing in Kuniyoshi by Basil William Robinson, 1961, Victoria and Albert Museum, London

* series number in Kuniyoshi: The Warrior-Prints by Basil William Robinson (Cornell University Press, Ithaca, NY, 1982) and its privately published supplement

† listing in Heroes and Ghosts: Japanese Prints by Kuniyoshi by Robert Schaap (Hotei Publishing, Leiden, 1998)

 

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