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.

1849

 

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.

Kuniyoshi%20-%20Ichimura%20Uzaemon%20XII%20as%20the%20blind%20female%20minstrel%20Zato%20Takenoichi%20in%20'Eiri%20sh˘setsu%20Asagao%20monogatari',%20(8)1848

 

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˘

1849-7SawamuarCh˘jűr˘V

 

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.

1847-52-Ichikawa+Ebizo+V+as+Kiichi+Hogen

 

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

 

Kuniyoshi%20-%20busts%20of%20actors%20in%20front%20of%20Archery%20targets,%20Band˘%20Shuka%20I%20as%20Miuraya%20Agemaki%20in%20'Sukeroku%20kuruwa%20no%20hanamidoki',%20(3)1850,%20pub

 

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.

 

(1847-50)%20Act%208,%20Tomi,%201847-1850%20(censors%20Mera%20and%20Murata)

 

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˘

Kuniyoshi - Ichikawa Kodanji IV as ghost of Asakura Togo (L) & Bando Hikosaburo IV as Orikoshi Tairyo Masatomo (R) in Higashiyama Sakura-soshi (Tale of Sakura of Higashiyama),  (8)1851

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

L- Ichimura Uzaemon XII as Sakuramaru; R- Seki Sanjűr˘ III as Toneri Umeomaru (top) and Nakayama Bungor˘ II as Kanab˘ in 'Sugawara denju tenarai kagami', 100-3188 & 100-3189

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

Kuniyoshi - (diptych, bust) Rat 8 (1852), seals- Kinugasa Fusajiro (seal, KINUGASA), Murata Heiyemon (seal, MURATA)

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)

Kuniyoshi - (soji screen) Fox Lady Kuzunoha   M141-008-01(01)

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

Image1

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˘

Arashi Kichisaburo III as Kumagai Jir˘ Naozane (right) kills Onoe Kikujiro II as Atsumori (left) in 'Suma no Miyako Genpei Tsutsuji'

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

Kuniyoshi - (diptych) Nakamura Fukusuke I as Kumagai Jir˘ Naozane (L) & Ichikawa Kozo as Yoshitsune in 'Ichinotani futaba gunki' Battle of Ichinotani, (5)1854, 100-4893 & 100-4894

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.

Kuniyoshi - (tc blue) L- Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VIII as Sanshichiro Yoshitaka; R- Ichikawa Kodanji IV, Seki Sanjűr˘ III, Ichikawa Komaz˘ VII in 'Kozote Kuruwa Mimasu no date zome', 1853 100-6740 & 100-6741

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

CLICK HERE TO RETURN TO MAIN PAGE

 

KuniyoshiProject