Untitled series of actorsĺ busts

Publisher: áFujioka-ya Hikotar˘

1839-1840

 

In this series of prints, bust portraits of actors in character are portrayed against a background of solid color that darkens at the top of the sheet.á Above each actorĺs heads is a small image of an object associated with the character and a cartouche containing a poem.á Although the poem-containing cartouches vary in shape, they each have the same wave-like pattern of color on an unpigmented background.á This series is not listed in Kuniyoshi by Basil William Robinson (Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 1961).á The prints are each about 14 by 10 inches (36 by 25 centimeters), a size known as ˘ban.

 

 

Actor: Ichikawa Ebiz˘ V as the pirate Kezori Kuemon (毛剃九右衛門)

Play: Koi minata Hakata no hitouchi (恋湊博多諷, Love at Sea)

Date: 8th month of 1840

Theater: Ichimura

 

He appears self-confident in a costume incorporating both Japanese and European elements.á The ky˘ka poem is by Murota Matabei (noms de plume Umeya Kakuju, 梅屋鶴寿) and translates as:

Kuemonĺs speech on the revolving stage rings sinister while making a good appearance

 

At first glance, this print appears the same as the one above, but the poem in the cartouche bordered by red coral is entirely different.

 

 

 

This is a preparatory drawing for the above two prints

 

Actor: Nakamura Utaemon IV as Mashiba Hisayoshi (筑前守久吉) and Band˘ Katsujir˘ as Teruwaka (輝若君, child)

Play: Go hiiki yakko no konoshita

Date: 7th month of 1840

Theater: Ichimura

 

 

 

Actor: Band˘ Shűka I as the kamuro Tayori

Play: Go hiiki yakko no konoshita

Date: 7th month of 1840

Theater: Ichimura

 

 

 

Actor: Ichimura Uzaemon XII as Azuma no Yoshir˘

Play: Go hiiki yakko no konoshita

Date: 7th month of 1840

Theater: Ichimura

 

 

Actor: Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VIII as Hachimantaro Yoshiie

Play: Oshu Adachigahara

Date: 9th month of 1839

Theater: Kawarasaki

 

 

Actor: Ichimura Uzaemon XII as Harunaga (春永)

Play: Go hiiki yakko no konoshita (御贔屓梶虎木下)

Date: 7th month of 1840

Theater: Ichimura

 

NOTE: This print appears to have been made by recarving the woodblocks for the previous print.á I am grateful to Marc DeVriese for this image.

 

Actor: Actor Nakamura Utaemon IV as Naniwa no Jir˘saku

Play: Go hiiki yakko no konoshita (御贔屓梶虎木下)

Date: 7th month of 1840

Theater: Ichimura

 

 

Actor: Sawamura Tossh˘ I as Komatsuya S˘shichi

Print title: The Good Ship Full House (ďiri-maru, 大入丸)

Play: Koi no Minato Hakata no hitofushi

Date: 8th month of 1840

Theater: Ichimura

 

I am grateful to Marc DeVriese for this image.

 

 

Actor: Seki Sanjűr˘ II as Konishi Chosuke (小西)

Play:

Date:

Theater:

 

 

 

Actor: Arashi Kichisabur˘ III as Sat˘ Masakiyo

Play: Gion Sairei Shink˘ki (祇園祭礼信仰記)

Theater: Nakamura

Date: 8th month of 1840

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