Untitled series of Chūshingura chūban

1849-1852

 

This untitled series of prints illustrates characters in the kabuki play Kanadehon Chūshingura.  The series is not listed in Kuniyoshi by Basil William Robinson (Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 1961).  The images are each about 7 by 10 inches (18 by 25 centimeters), a size known as chūban.  They each bear the seals of the censors Hama and Magome, without a publisher’s seal.  I am grateful to Robert Pryor for his contributions to this series.

 

 Act: Prologue

Scene: Actors as Ko no Moronaō, the Imperial envoy Momonoi Waka-no-suke and Lady Kaoyo-gozen at the Hachiman Shrine

Act: 2

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Act: 4

Scene: Ōboshi Yuranosuke outside the castle

Act: 5

Scene: Ono no Sadakurō robbing Yoichibei

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