Actor triptychs

1846-1852, Part I

 

These actor triptychs and diptychs were published between the 12th month of 1846 and the 2nd month of 1852, but I have been unable to associate them with a particular production.á Prints published during this period generally bear two circular censorĺs seals without an oval date seal.á These seals are usually near the artistĺs signature, and sometimes are only found on a single sheet of a multi-sheet composition.

 

Kuniyoshi - (triptych, Fuji) 1847-52, no76_p01-10_04_0007

Actors: Left sheet: Actors as Shizunome (しづの女) and Z˘hei (ぞう兵)

Center sheet: Actor as Shizunome (しづの女)

Right sheet: Actors as Shizunoo (しづの男) and Kaya-uri (かやうり)

Play: Possibly Igagoe Yomikiri koshaku, 2nd month of 1852

Date: 1849-1852 (censors Hama and Magome)

Publisher: Minato-ya Kohei

 

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

Actors: Left sheet: Unidentified actors as Shinobu (しのぶ) and にせあんま三九

Center sheet: Unidentified actors as Daikokuya Soroku (大黒や宗六) and Jousuke (丈助)

Right sheet: Unidentified actors as Sorokuĺs wife Okura (宗六女房おくら) and Yomoshichi (与茂七)

Play: Possibly Go taiheiki date no masugata (碁太平記達升形)

Date: c. 1850 (censors Mera and Murata)

Publisher: Ebi-ya Rinnosuke

 

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

Kuniyoshi - (Fuji) L- Onoe Shinshichi III, Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VIII, Ichikawa Ebijűr˘ IV; C- Ichikawa Ebiz˘ V, Ichikawa Kodanji IV; R- Ichikawa Shinsha I, Nakayama Ichiz˘ I, Onoe Kikujir˘ II, c

Actors: Left sheet: Onoe Shinshichi III, Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VIII, and Ichikawa Ebijűr˘ IV (probably)

Center sheet: Ichikawa Ebiz˘ V and Ichikawa Kodanji IV

Right sheet: Ichikawa Shinsha I, Nakayama Ichiz˘ I, and Onoe Kikujir˘ II

Play:

Date: c. 1850 (censors Hama and Kinugasa)

Publisher: Isetsuru (伊勢鶴)

 

NOTE: This triptych is a mitate, meaning that it is an imaginary scene with actors who never actually appeared together on stage in these roles.á According to the website of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, this triptych may have been made to celebrate the return to Edo of Ichikawa Ebiz˘ V in the 3rd month of 1850.á I am grateful to Lucienne Parkan for information about this triptych.

Diptych title: 誰身にも陽気のにぎわひ

Actors: Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VIII (left) and Ichikawa Kodanji IV (right)

Play:

Date: 1849-1852 (censors Hama and Magome)

Publisher: Ebi-ya Rinnosuke

 

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

Kuniyoshi - (moon, tc black) Sawamura Sojűr˘ V (L) Onoe Kikugor˘ III (C), and Band˘ Shuka I (R) on sandy soil in front

Actors: Unidentified actor (left), Onoe Kikugor˘ III (center), and Band˘ Shuka I (right)

Play: Probably Ise ondo koi no netaba (伊勢音頭恋寝刃

Date: 1847-1850 (censors Mera and Murata)

Publisher: Fujioka-ya Hikotar˘ro

Actors: Iwai Kumesabur˘ III as Kiyokawa (清川, left) and Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VIII as Karigane Bunshichi (雁金文七, right)

Date: 1848 (censors Hama and Kinugasa)á

 

NOTE: This diptych is from the series Select Series of Book Titles.á It is a mitate, meaning that these actors did not perform these roles together on stage.

Kuniyoshi - (triptych) Up-to-date Teruuji in an Old Picture at an Old Temple (Imay˘ Teruuji furudera no kozu), Prince Genji at an old temple, not a specific stage performance, 1849-51

Title: Imay˘ Teruuji furudera no kozu (Up-to-date Teruuji in an Old Picture at an Old Temple, 今様輝氏古寺之古圖)

Actors: In an abandoned temple, actors as Teruuji (center) offering a towel to his lover Tasogare (left) with Shinonome (しのゝめ) eavesdropping (right)

Play: A play based on The Tale of Genji

Date: 1849-1850 (censors Kinugasa and Watanabe)

Theater: This triptych is not believed to portray a specific production

Publisher: Sawa-ya K˘kichi

 

NOTE: This print is not damaged; it shows a water damaged sliding door in an abandoned temple.

Actors:

Play:

Date: 1847-1850 (censors Mera and Murata)

Publisher: Minato-ya Kohe

Actors: Probably Ichimura Uzaemon XII

Play:

Date: 1849-1850 (censors Kinugasa and Watanabe)

Publisher: J˘shű-ya Jűz˘

Kuniyoshi - (triptych) Actors before Chrysanthemums & Stream, 1846-1852

The left sheet of this triptych is a variant state of the preceding print.

Actors: Unidentified actor as a high-ranking courtesan standing on a Kabuki stage trap-door dressed in an ornate kimono with a tiger in the design

Play:

Date: 1849-1852 (censors Hama and Magome)

Publisher: Ebi-ya Rinnosuke

Actors: Unidentified actors as Hako-o Maru (箱王丸, left), Sabur˘ Kawazu, the spirit of Yudo (河津三郎祐道の霊, center), and Soga Jűr˘ (right, 曽我十郎)

Play:

Date: 1846-1848 (censors Muramatsu and Yoshimura)

PublisherEbi-ya Rinnosuke

Actors: Probably Ickikawa Ebiz˘ V

Play:

Date: c. 1850

Publisher: Maru-Han

Kuniyoshi - (triptych) UKIYOE07

Actors:

Play:

Date: 1846-1852

Publisher:

Ichikawa Danjuro VIII as wrestler Nuregami Ch˘gor˘ (R) & Arashi Rikan III as wrestler Hanaregoma no Ch˘kichi (L) in 'Futatsu Ch˘ch˘ kuruwa nikki', (2)1852

Actors: Arashi Rikan III as wrestler Hanaregoma no Ch˘kichi (放駒長吉, left) and Nakamura Utaemon IV as wrestler Nuregami Ch˘gor˘ (濡髪長五郎, right)

Date: 1846-1852

Publisher: ďta-ya Takichi

 

NOTE: This triptych is believed to be a mitate, meaning that it is an imaginary scene with actors who never actually appeared together on stage in these roles.  

 

 

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