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The actor Bandō Mitsugorō IV in the play "Hana to Mitsu Yuki no Shiraishi"

Japanese Color Woodblock Print

The actor Bandō Mitsugorō IV in the play

"Hana to Mitsu Yuki no Shiraishi" 

by Utagawa Kunisada, 1834

IHL Cat. #77

About This Print

The drama Hana to Mitsu Yuki no Shiraishi, was staged in November 1834 at the Moritaza theater.   Bandō Mitsugorō IV is recorded as having played the roles of Uji Hyobunosuke and Joetsu in this play.


The Actor Bandō Mitsugorō IV

Source: Kabuki 21 website http://www.kabuki21.com/mitsugoro.php
The actor Morita Kan'ya XI (1802-1863) held the name of Bandō Mitsugorō IV from March 1832 to October 1850.

Morita Kan'ya XI was both a tachiyaku (actor specialized in male roles) and the zamoto (kabuki performance promoter) of the Moritaza (from 1856 to 1863). He was tall, handsome and, as an actor, excelled in sewamono (domestic dramas dealing with the lives of commoners). He was also a talented jitsuaku (evil villian) and an outstanding dancer.

In his Mitsugorō years, he was both a stage partner and a rival (for the title of Edo's best tachiyaku) of Nakamura Shikan II, imitating the glorious rivalry of Bandō ō III and Nakamura Utaemon III.


Print Details

 IHL Catalog #77
 Title The actor Bandō Mitsugorō IV in the play "Hana to Mitsu Yuki no Shiraishi"
 Series n/a
 Artist
 Utagawa Kunisada I (1786–1865)
 Signature
 Gotoei Kunisada ga
 Seal
 Publication Date December 1834
 Publisher  Joshuya Kinzo
 Impression excellent
 Colors good
 Condition good - slightly rubbed and soiled; minor color fading; minor marks and flaws
 Genre ukiyo-e; yakusha-e
 Miscellaneous 
 Format oban
 H x W Paper 15 1/2 x 10 1/2 (39.4 x 26.7 cm)
 Collections This Print The Tsubouchi Memorial Theatre Museum of Waseda University 100-6570 (see image below)

 Reference Literature
 

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