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Iwai Hanshirō VIII, Ichikawa Gonjūrō and Ichikawa Danjūrō IX in the play Minori no aki seisho denki

Japanese Color Woodblock Print 

Iwai Hanshirō VIII, Ichikawa Gonjūrō and Ichikawa Danjūrō IX in Minori no aki seisho denki

by Toyohara Kunichika, 1875

The actors Onoe Kikugorō V, Ichikawa Danjūrō IX and Ichikawa Sadanji I (in the play Matsu no sakae Chiyoda no shintoku)

IHL Cat. #710

About This Print

The actors Iwai Hanshirō VIII 岩井半四郎 in the role of 淀屋後家おれん, Ichikawa Gonjūrō 市川権十郎 in the role of 手代利介 and Ichikawa Danjūrō IX 市川団十郎 in the role of 刀鍛冶清吉 in the play Minori no aki seisho denki 実成秋清正伝記, performed at the Shinbori-za theater, Tokyo, on October 16, 1875 (Meiji 8).


The Play

I have not been able to find any English language plot summary for this play.  However, a playbill for the performance can be found on the website of the Art Research Center, Ritsumeikan University and the cover and two pages from the bill are shown below.

 
明治08(1875)
10・16 新掘 Shinbori
江戸 絵本 Edo ehon
実成秋清正伝記、勧進帳、質庫魂入替、、


明治08(1875)
10・16 新掘 Sinbori
江戸 絵 Edo ehon
実成秋清正伝記、勧進帳、質庫魂入替、、
 

The Actors Pictured and Their Roles

For background on the actors see their respective entries in the article The Kabuki Actor on this site.

Print Details

 IHL Catalog  #710
 Title (Description)  Iwai Hanshirō VIII 岩井半四郎, Ichikawa Gonjūrō 市川権十郎 and Ichikawa Danjūrō IX 市川団十郎 in the play Minori no aki seisho denki 実成秋清正伝記 みのりのあきせいしょうでんき
 Artist  Toyohara Kunichika (1835–1900)
 Signature  Toyohara Kunichika hitsu
 Seal  toshidama seal below signature
 Publication Date
亥八 8th month 1875 date seal
 Publisher
seal name 木並 山清 Namiki Yamasei [Marks: similar to seal 24-071; pub ref. 613 Yamazakiyo Seishichi; firm name Sanseidō]
  Carver

渡辺彫栄
Watanabe Hori Ei
center panel
彫工栄
Horikō Ei
right panel
 Impression  excellent
 Colors  excellent
 Condition  good - trimmed to image and narrow brocade border added; backed with 3 panels joined; vertical fold in left panel
 Genre  ukiyo-e; yakusha-e
 Miscellaneous  
 Format  vertical oban triptych
 H x W Paper
 14 x 28 3/8 in. (35.6 x 72.1 cm)
 Literature
 
 Collections This Print
 Art Research Center, Ritsumeikan University 107-00-055, 056, 057; National Diet Library 本別7-283; Tokyo Metropolitan Library M147-030-01(01), )02), (03)

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