Miscellaneous bust portraits of actors

Part II

 

Nakamura Utaemon IV as Daruma in 'Takagi Oriemon budojitsu roku',

 

Print title: Portrait of Daruma on a Hanging Scroll (Ni Daruma no ichijiku, 似達磨の一軸)

Actor: Nakamura Utaemon IV

Play: Takagi Oriemon bud˘itsu roku

Date: 8th month of 1848 (censors Mera and Murata)

Theater: Nakamura

Publisher: Iba-ya Sensabur˘

 

NOTE: Although this print might pass as a Buddhist image of Daruma, the title, Ni Daruma no ichijiku, refers to the tale that was adopted for the kabuki play Takagi Oriemon bud˘itsu roku, in which actor Nakamura Utaemon IV starred.

 

I am grateful to Robert Pryor for this alternate state without the red cartouche.

 

Actor: Ichkawa Danjűr˘ VIII as Kinugawa Taniz˘ (絹川谷蔵)

Play: Date kurabe Okuni kabuki (伊達競阿国戯場, Disfigured Kasane)

Date: 3rd month of 1849

Theater: Kawarasaki

Publisher: Sumiyoshi-ya Masagor˘

Kuniyoshi - unidentified publisher, 1847-52[1]

 

Actors: Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VIII as Teraoka Heiemon (寺岡平右衛門)

Play: Kanadehon Chűshingura (仮名手本忠臣蔵)

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

Theater: Ichimura

Publisher: Unidentified

 

I am grateful to Lucienne Parkan for this alternate state of the above design.

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Actor: Ichimura Uzaemon XII as the blind female minstrel Zat˘ Takenoichi (座頭竹の市)

Play: Eiri sh˘setsu Asagao monogatari (絵入稗史蕣物語)

Date: 8th month of 1848

Theater: Ichimura

Publisher: ďta-ya Takichi

Kuniyoshi - (fish) Band˘ Hikosabur˘ IV as Kandagawa Yokichi in 'Tenjiku Tokubei karakoto banashi', (6)1849, 101-3623

 

Actors: Band˘ Hikosabur˘ IV as Yokichi of the Kanda River (神田川の与吉)

Play: Tenjiku Tokubei karakoto banashi (天竺徳兵衛韓噺)

Date: 6th month of 1849

Theater: Kawarasaki

Publisher: Minato-ya Kohei

 

 

Another state of the above design

a shini-e of Nakamura Utaemon IV, and the two censors seals support a date of 1852  Actor+print[1]

 

Actor: Sawamura S˘jűr˘ V as Karukaya D˘shin (苅萱桑門)

Play: Z˘ha Tsukushi no iezuto (増補筑紫礎)

Date: 7th month of 1848 (censors Mera and Murata)

Theater: Kawarasaki

Publisher: J˘shű-ya Kiuz˘

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Actor: Sawamura S˘jűr˘ as ďboshi Yuranosuke (大星由良之助)

Play: Kanadehon Chűshingura

Date: 7th month of 1849

Theater: Nakamura

Publisher: Ebi-ya Rinnosuke

 

I am grateful to Marc DeVriese for this image.

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Actor: Ichikawa Ebiz˘ V as Kiichi H˘gen (鬼一法眼)

Play: Kiichi H˘gen sanryaku no maki (鬼一法眼三略巻)

Date: 9th month of 1850

Theater: Kawarasaki

Publisher:

 

Kuniyoshi - busts of actors in front of Archery targets, Agemaki no Sukeroku

 

Series: Untitled series of busts of actors in front of archery targets

Actor: Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VIII as Agemaki no Sukeroku (揚巻の助六)

Play: Sukeroku kuruwa no hanamidoki (助六廓の花見時) 

Date: 3rd month of 1850 (censors Mera and Murata with shita-uri seal)

Theater: Nakamura

Publisher: ďta-ya Takichi

 

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Series: Untitled series of busts of actors in front of archery targets

Actor: Band˘ Shuka I as Miuraya Agemaki (三浦屋揚巻)

Play: Sukeroku kuruwa no hanamidoki (助六廓の花見時) 

Date: 3rd month of 1850 (censors Mera and Murata with shita-uri seal)

Theater: Nakamura

Publisher: ďta-ya Takichi

 

Kuniyoshi - busts of actors in front of Archery targets, actor in the role of Nichiren, depicted in bust in front of a huge Archery target

 

Series: Untitled series of busts of actors in front of archery targets

Actor: Ichikawa Ebiz˘ V as the monk Kumagai Rensei (熊ヶ谷蓮生坊)

Play: Ichinotani futaba gunki (一谷嫩軍記)

Date: 3rd month of 1850

Theater: Kawarasaki

Publisher: ďta-ya Takichi

 

I am grateful to Lucienne Parkan for information about this print.

 

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Text: A distant view of act VIII (八段目遠見)

Series:

Actor:

Play: Kanadehon Chűshingura (仮名手本忠臣蔵)

Date: 1847-1850 (censors Mera and Murata)

Theater:

Publisher: Iba-ya Sensabur˘

Actors: Ichikawa Kodanji IV as the ghost of Asakura Togo (浅倉当吾亡霊, left) and Band˘ Hikosabur˘ IV as Orikoshi Tairyo Masatomo (織越大領政知, right)

Play: Higashiyama sakura z˘shi (東山桜荘子, The Higashiyama Storybook)

Date: 8th month of 1851 (censors Mera and Watanabe)

Publisher: Shimizu-ya Tsunejir˘

 

NOTE: The ghost is seeking revenge on the cruel samurai lord who had him crucified for protesting unfair taxes.á

Actors: Left sheet: Ichimura Uzaemon XII as Sakuramaru (桜丸)

Right sheet: Seki Sanjűr˘ III as Matsu˘maru (梅王丸) and Nakayama Bungor˘ II as Kanab˘ (かなぼう)

Play: Sugawara denju tenarai kagami (菅原伝授手習鑑)

Date: 10th month of 1850

Theater: Kawarasaki

Publisher: ďta-ya Takichi

Actors: Band˘ Shuka I as Danshichiĺs wife O-kaji (団七おかぢ, left) and Seki Sanjuro III as the hag, wife of Giheiji of Mikawa-cho (平次お婆ア, right)

Play: Shinz˘ tsurifune kidan (新造艣奇談)

Date: 5th month of 1852

Theater: Ichimura

Publisher: S˘gane (phonetic reading of 相金)

Actors: Band˘ Shuka I as Kuzunoha kitsune (葛乃葉狐) writing a farewell poem on a sh˘ji (sliding panel) holding a child (right) and Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VIII as Abe no Yasuna (阿部保名, left)

Play: Ashiya dauman ochi kagami

Date: 5th month of 1850 (censors Kinugasa and Watanabe)

Theater: Nakamura

Publisher: ďta-ya Takichi

 

Actors: Ichikawa Utaemon IV as Honchomaru Tsunagor˘ (本蝶 綱五郎, left) and Ichimura Uzaemon XII as Kambara Sashichi (神原 狭七, right)

Play: Kotoba no hana momiji no Yozakari (詞花紅成盛)

Date: 8th month of 1849 (censors Mera and Murata)

Theater: Ichimura

Publisher: Ebi-ya Rinnosuke

Actors: Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VIII as the magician Nikki Danj˘ (仁木弾正, left) and Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VIII also as Otokonosuke (荒獅子男之助, right)

Play: Date kurabe Okuni kabuki (伊達競阿国戯場, Disfigured Kasane)

Date: 3rd month of 1849 (censors Kinugasa and Yoshimura)

Theater: Kawarasaki

Publisher: Sumiyoshi-ya Masagor˘

 

NOTE: There may be a third sheet showing the giant rat into which Nikki Danj˘ transforms himself

Actors: Band˘ Shuka I as the courtesan Shiraito of the House of Hashimoto-ya (left) and Sawamura S˘jűr˘ V as Suzuki Mondo (鈴木主水, right)

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

Date: 3rd month of 1852 (with shita-uri seal)

Theater: Nakamura

Publisher: Enshű-ya Hikobei

 

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

Princess Wakana (L) by Bando Shuka I, Genkai Nadaemon by Arashi Rikan III; Washizu Rokuro by Arashi Rikaku II; Wachizu Shichoro by Bando Takesaburo I in Shiranui monogatari (The Tale of the White Embroiderer) (2)1853

Actors: Left sheet: Band˘ Shűka I as Funakoshi jitsuwa Wakana hime (船越実ハ若菜姫)

Right sheet: Arashi Rikan III as Genkai Nadaemon (玄海滝右衛門), Arashi Rikaku II as Washizu Rokur˘ (鷲津六郎), and Band˘ Takesabur˘ I as Wachizu Shichor˘ (鷲津七郎)

Play: Shiranui monogatari (しらぬひ譚)

Date: 2nd month of 1853

Theater: Kawarasaki

Publisher: Kakumoto-ya Kinjir˘

Actors: Arashi Kichisabur˘ III as Kumagai Jir˘ Naozane (熊谷次郎直実, right) killing Onoe Kikujir˘ II as Atsumori (left)

Play: Suma no Miyako Genpei Tsutsuji

Date: 5th month of 1852

Theater: Ichimura

Publisher: Yamamoto-ya Heikichi

Actors: Nakamura Fukusuke I as Kumagai Jir˘ Naozane (熊谷次郎直実, left) and Ichikawa Koz˘ as Genkur˘ Yoshitsune (源九郎義経, right)

Play: Ichinotani futaba gunki (Battle of Ichinotani)

Date: 5th month of 1854

Theater: Ichimura

Publisher: Mita-ya Kihachi

Actors: Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VII (right) and Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VIII (left) hanging votive cloths at a temple

Date: 1849-1850 (censors Kinugasa and Watanabe)

Publisher: Kazusa-ya Iwaz˘

I am grateful to Robert Pryor for this alternate state.

Actors: Left sheet: Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VIII as Sanshichiro Yoshitaka (三七郎義孝)

Right sheet: Ichikawa Kodanji IV,á Seki Sanjűr˘ III, and Ichikawa Komaz˘ VII

Play: Kozote Kuruwa Mimasu no date zome (襷廓三升伊達染)

Date: 2nd month of 1853

Theater: Nakamura

Publisher: Mita-ya Kihachi

 

NOTE: Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VIII played nine different roles in this production.á Two different states of the left-hand sheet are shown.

 

ôRobinsonö refers to listing of the series in Kuniyoshi by Basil William Robinson (Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 1961).á

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