Miscellaneous series of actor prints

 

Actor prints are known as yakusha-e.á 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.

 

Series: Three Flourishing Geniuses of the Present Day (T˘sei Sambukutsui, 當盛三福対)

Robinson: Not listed

Play: Chiyo migu sakoi no takagaki (千代見草恋中墻)

Description: Iwai Hanshir˘ VI as Ochiyo (お千代)

Date: 9th month of 1834

Theater: Morita

Publisher: Kawaguchi-ya Ch˘z˘

 

Series: Three Flourishing Geniuses of the Present Day (T˘sei Sambukutsui, 當盛三福対)

Robinson: Not listed

Play: Chiyo migu sakoi no takagaki (千代見草恋中墻)

Description: Sawamura Tossh˘ I as Hanbei (半兵衛)

Date: 9th month of 1834

Theater: Morita

Publisher: Kawaguchi-ya Ch˘z˘

 

Series: Three Flourishing Geniuses of the Present Day (T˘sei Sambukutsui, 當盛三福対)

Robinson: Not listed

Play: Chiyo migu sakoi no takagaki (千代見草恋中墻)

Description: Band˘ Mitsugor˘ IV as Kajűr˘ (加十郎)

Date: 9th month of 1834

Theater: Morita

Publisher: Kawaguchi-ya Ch˘z˘

 

Series: Untitled

Robinson: Not listed

Play: Futatsu chocho kuruwa nikki (双蝶仝曲輪日記)

Theater: Ichimura

Description: Nakamura Fukusuke I as Hanaregoma Chokichi (放駒長吉), and Nakamura Kantar˘ I as Myokan

Date: 6th month of 1854

Publisher: ďta-ya Takichi

 

NOTE: The actors are on a sum˘ refereeĺs fan

 

 

 

Series: Untitled

Robinson: Not listed

Play: Futatsu chocho kuruwa nikki (双蝶仝曲輪日記)

Theater: Ichimura

Description: Ichikawa Kuz˘ II as Ch˘kichi's older sister (長吉姉お関) and Arashi Kichisaburo III as Nuregami Chogor˘ (濡髪長五郎)

Date: 6th month of 1854

Publisher: ďta-ya Takichiá

 

NOTE: A print from the same series as the above, but by Kunisada (Toyokuni III)

 

Series: Brother Pictures ľ Desires Taken at Face Value (E-ky˘dai negai no gakumen, 繪兄弟願の額面)

Robinson: Not listed

Play:

Main figure: A man spilling water and holding a dipper

Inset: Priest Mongaku Sh˘nin under a waterfall

Date: 1846 (censor Murata)

Publisher: Kofunami (小舟三)

 

Another state of the above print (note the color on the upper portion)

 

Series: Brother Pictures ľ Desires Taken at Face Value (E-ky˘dai negai no gakumen, 繪兄弟願の額面)

Robinson: Not listed

Play:

Main figures: A young samurai with a kaishi paper and a writing brush, his servant is holding a yatate

Inset:

Date: 1846

Publisher: Kofunami (小舟三)

 

Series: Brother Pictures ľ Desires Taken at Face Value (E-ky˘dai negai no gakumen, 繪兄弟願の額面)

Robinson: Not listed

Play:

Main figure:

Inset:

Date: 1846

Publisher: Kofunami (小舟三)

 

Series: Brother Pictures ľ Desires Taken at Face Value (E-ky˘dai negai no gakumen, 繪兄弟願の額面)

Robinson: Not listed

Play:

Main figure:

Inset:

Date: 1846

Publisher: Kofunami (小舟三)

 

Series: Brother Pictures ľ Desires Taken at Face Value (E-ky˘dai negai no gakumen, 繪兄弟願の額面)

Robinson: Not listed

Play:

Main figure:

Inset:

Date: 1846

Publisher: Kofunami (小舟三)

 

Series: Pictures of the Loyal Retainers (義土銘々傳)

Number: 3 ()

Robinson: Not listed

Play: Kanadehon Chűshingura (假名手本忠臣蔵)

Inset: Senzaki Yagor˘ Noriyasu (千崎矢五郎則休)

Date: 12th month of 1857

Publisher: Ogawa Hansuke

 

Series: Pictures of the Loyal Retainers (義土銘々傳)

Number: 5 ()

Robinson: Not listed

Play: Kanadehon Chűshingura (假名手本忠臣蔵)

Inset: Kataoka Dengoemon Takafusa (片岡傳五右衛門高房)

Date: 12th month of 1857

Publisher: Ogawa Hansuke

 

Series: Pictures of the Loyal Retainers (義土銘々傳)

Number: 7 ()

Robinson: Not listed

Play: Kanadehon Chűshingura (假名手本忠臣蔵)

Inset: Hayami S˘zaemon Mitsutaka (早水総左衛門満尭)

Date: 12th month of 1857

Publisher: Ogawa Hansuke

Title on each sheet: Examples of Valor (Bűyű chigaragusa, 武勇千柄草)

Actors: Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VIII as Hako-o Maru (箱王丸, left), Nakamura Utaemon IV as Benkei (center), Ichikawa Ebiz˘ V as Shakky˘ (石橋, right)

Play: Shikiutsushi tosa-e no futsutsuka

Date: 11th month of 1847 (censors Hama and Kinugasa)

Theater: Ichimura

Publisher: Iseyo of Owarich˘

 

NOTE: These prints may be considered to be a series or arranged as a triptych

áá ôRobinsonö indicates listing in Kuniyoshi by Basil William Robinson, 1961, Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

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