Miscellaneous bust portraits of actors

Part I

This section is intended to display bust and half-length portraits of actors that are not from series.á Undoubtedly, some are single sheets from larger works, and some may be from unrecognized series.á Unless otherwise noted, these 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 section.

 

Actor: Ichikawa Ebiz˘ V as Kumagai Jir˘ Naozane, who renounced his life as warrior and became a Buddhist monk under the name Rensh˘-b˘

Play: Ichinotani futaba gunki

Date: 1850

Publisher: Enshű-ya Hikobei

 

Actor: Nakamura Utaemon IV as ďboshi Yuranosuke (大星由良之助)

Play: Kanadehon Chűshingura

Date: 7th month of 1839

Theater: Nakamura-za

Publisher: J˘shű-ya Jűz˘

 

 

Actor:

Play:

Description: Samurai holding a sword and biting on a purple silk cloth turns around to see a large spiderĺs web

Date:

Publisher:

 

Actor: Arashi Rikaku II (二代目嵐璃珏) as a sanbas˘ marionette (ayatsuri sanbas˘, あやつり三番叟) suspended from strings

Dance: Yanagi no Ito Hikuya Gohiiki

Date: 2nd month of 1853

Publisher: Yamamoto-ya Heikichi

 

Actor: Ichikawa Ebiz˘ V as Yoshioka Kiichi H˘gen

Play: Kiichi H˘gen Sanryaku no Maki

Date: 9th month of 1850

Theater: Kawarasaki

Publisher: Musashi-ya Isabur˘

 

NOTE: This print is about 10 by 7 inches (25 by 18 centimeters), a size known as chűban.

 

Actor: Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VIII as Okabe Rokuyata (岡部六弥太)

Play: Ichinotani mushae no iezuto (一谷武者画土産)

Date: 8th month of 1849

Publisher: Hayashi-ya Sh˘gor˘ (林屋庄五郎)

 

Actor: Ichimura Uzaemon XII as Abe no Yasuna (安倍保名)

Play: On Mitsugi Shinoda no hatsumono (御貢信田今歳稲)

Date: 8th month of 1839

Theater: Ichimura-za

Publisher: J˘shű-ya Jűz˘

 

 

 

Actor: Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VIII as Jiraiya (児雷也)

Play: The Heroic Tales of Jiraiya (Jiraiya g˘ketsu monogatari, 児雷也豪傑譚語)

Date: 7th month of 1852

Theater: Kawarasaki-za

Publisher:

 

Actor: Nakamura Utaemon IV as Aoto Fujitsuna (青砥藤綱)

Play: Aoto z˘shi (青砥稿)

Date: 7th month of 1846

Theater: Ichimura-za

Publisher: Sumiyoshi-ya Masagor˘

 

Actor: Actor Nakamura Utaemon IV as the dieing ďtaka Shuden becoming a ghost

Play: Takagi Oriemon budojitsu roku

Date: 8th month of 1848 (censors Muramatsu and Yoshimura)

Publisher: under a single mountain is identified as Hori Takichi of Yushima in Kuniyoshi by B. W. Robinson (Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 1961), but as ďta-ya Takichi in Publishers of Japanese Woodblock Prints: A Compendium by Andreas Marks (Hotei Publishing, Leiden, 2011)

 

 

 

Actors: Ichikawa Kodanji IV as Ishikawa Goemon (石川五右衛門) and Seki Kasuke as his son Gor˘ichi ( 五郎市)

Play: Konoshita Soga Megumi no Masagoji (木下曽我恵砂路)

Date: 1st month of 1851

Theater: Nakamura

Publisher: under a single mountain is identified as Hori Takichi of Yushima in Kuniyoshi by B. W. Robinson (Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 1961), but as ďta-ya Takichi in Publishers of Japanese Woodblock Prints: A Compendium by Andreas Marks (Hotei Publishing, Leiden, 2011)

 

 

Actor: Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VIII as the priest Narukamiá

Play: Narukami

Date: 5th month of 1851

Publisher: Kakumoto-ya Kinjir˘ (seal on post)

 

 

 

Actor: Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VIII as the priest Seigen

Play: Koi (goro mo) Karigane zome (恋衣雁金染)

Date: 1st month of 1852

Theater: Kawarasaki

Publisher: Kakumoto-ya Kinjir˘ (seal on post)

 

NOTE: The blocks for the above print were altered and reused.á Note that the text in the two red cartouches in the right upper corner has changed.

 

 

Actor: Ichikawa Kodanji IV as priest Koyo being tortured with boiling oil

Play: Otogi banashi hakata no imaori

Date: 9th month of 1852

Publisher: Kawachi-ya Ch˘z˘

 

NOTE: Scenes of torture are common in kabuki

 

Actor: Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VIII as Benkei holding subscription list

Play: Kanjinch˘ (勧進帳, The Subscription List)

Date: 3rd month of 1849

Theater: Kawarasaki

Publisher: Kazusa-ya Iwaz˘

 

Actor: Band˘ Shuka I as the courtesan Shiraito (白糸) of the House of Hashimoto-ya (橋本屋)

Play: Sumidagawa tsui no kagamon (隅田川対高賀紋)

Date: 3rd month of 1852

Theater: Nakamura

Publisher: Ise-ya Kanekichi

 

Another state of the above design

 

Actor: Band˘ Shuka I as the courtesan Shiraito (白糸) of the House of Hashimoto-ya (橋本屋)

Play: Sumidagawa tsui no kagamon

Date: 3rd month of 1852

Publisher: Enshű-ya Hikobei

 

NOTE: Kuniyoshi used Western style perspective for the back ground architecture

 

Actor: Band˘ Shuka I as the courtesan Shiraito (白糸) of the House of Hashimoto-ya (橋本屋)

holding a gold coin

Play: Sumidagawa tsui no kagamon

Date: 3rd month of 1852

Publisher: Sumiyoshi-ya Masagoro

 

 

 

Actor: Band˘ Shűka I as Ohide (おひで)

Play: Manete Mimasu yotsuya no kikigaki (当三升四谷聞書, Ghost stories at Yotsuya)

Date: 9th month of 1848

Theater: Ichimura

Publisher: Sumiyoshi-ya Masagor˘

 

Actor: Ichikawa Kodanji IV as Asakura T˘go

Play: Higashiyama Sakura s˘shi (東山桜荘子, The Higashiyama Storybook)

Date: 8th month of 1851

Theater: Nakamura

Publisher: Enshű-ya Hikobei

 

Actor: Iwai Kamesabur˘ III as Oshichi

Play: Sono mukashi koi no edozome (其往昔恋江戸染)

Date: 1st month of 1849

Theater: Nakamura-za

Publisher: Sumiyoshi-ya Masagor˘

 

Image courtesy of Ward Pieters

 

Actor: Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VIII as Kagekiyo (景清)

Play: Ichinotani mushae no iezuto (一谷武者画土産)

Date: 8th month of 1849

Theater: Kawarasaki

Publisher: Ebi-ya Rinnosuke

 

Actor: Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VIII as Watonai (和藤内)

Play: Kokusenya kassen (国性爺合戦)

Date: 5th month of 1850

Theater: Namakura-za

Publisher: Ebi-ya Rinnosuke

 

Actor: Ichimura Uzaemon XII as之助?女之助 (possibly Menosuke)

Play:

Date: 1846-1848 (censors Muramatsu and Yoshimura)

Theater:

Publisher: Iba-ya Sensabur˘

 

Actors: Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VIII as Teraoka Heiemon (寺岡平右ェ門)

Play: Kanadehon Chűshingura (仮名手本忠臣蔵)

Date: 2nd month of 1851 (censors Hama and Magome)

Theater: Ichimura

Publisher: Kakumoto-ya Kinjir˘

 

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