Nakayama Genjūrō II as Udesuke from the series Edo meisho awase no uchi

Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Nakayama Genjūrō II as Udesuke

from the series Edo meisho awase no uchi

by Toyohara Kunichika, 1867

Unidentified actor as Fusanosuke, No. 57 from the series Edo meisho awase no uchi

IHL Cat. #771

About This Print

Source: Kabuki 21 website
The actor Nakayama Genjūrō II as Udesuke, who is seen twirling a slow burning matchrope, in this scene from the play "Kujira Obi Nishiki no Shingata, which mixed the Tengajaya1 world with Ichi-no-Tani Futaba Gunki", and was performed at the Morita-za in the 4th lunar month 1867.

The inset scene above the actor looks to be inscribed 上野 (Ueno) and, if so, is a view of Kiyomizu Kannon-do in Ueno Park.

While other prints in this series display a print number in a circle at the bottom of the title cartouche, no print number appears on this print.

1 I assume this is a reference to the play The Revenge at Tengajaya

The Actor Pictured

For information on Nakayama Genjūrō II see The Kabuki Actor.

About the Series Edo Meisho awase no uchi

This series matches actors portraying a specific character with famous places in Edo.  It consists of at least 58 prints drawn by multiple artists, including Toyohara Kunichika (1835–1900), Utagawa Kuniteru II (1830-1874) and Utagawa Yoshiiku (1833-1904), published by Masudaya Ginjirō .  Two slightly different series titles are used on the prints: 江都名所合之内 Kōto meisho awase no uchi and 江戸名所合之内 Edo meisho awase no uchi.  Note that Kōto was a synonym for Edo.

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A partial assemblage of the prints in the series

Print Details

 IHL Catalog #771
 Title (Description) Nakayama Genjūrō II as Udesuke 腕助 (Note: the actor's name is not given on the print, only the role played.)
 Series Matches for Famous Places in Edo
 Edo meisho awase no uchi  江戸名所合之内
 Artist  Toyohara Kunichika (1835–1900)
 Signature 国周筆 Kunichika hitsu
 Seal  toshidama seal beneath signature
 Publication Date
May 1867 慶応03 (aratame date seal 卯五改)
Masudaya Ginjirō 増田屋銀次郎
seal reading: Hanmoto, Masudaya, Shiba Shinmeimae
板元 増田屋 芝神 明前
[Marks: seal 24-061; pub. ref. 304]
 Carver While there is no carver seal on this print, other prints in the series were carved by Hori Yoshiharu 彫工善治 or Horikō Takichi 彫工舛吉.
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition good - several wormholes above series title cartouche; six horizontal soft folds
 Genre ukiyo-e; nigao-e; yakusha-e
 Format vertical oban
 H x W Paper
 14 3/4 x 9 7/8 in. (37.5 x 25.1 cm)
 H x W Image
 14 1/4 x 9 5/8 in. (36.2 x 24.4 cm)
 Collections This Print
 The Tsubouchi Memorial Theatre Museum of Waseda University 007-0313 and 007-0389
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