NATORI SHUNSEN (名取春仙) 

 1926




 

JANUARY

                   
Kataoka Ichiz˘ IV (片岡市蔵) as
Musashibō Benkei (武蔵坊弁慶)

Play: Benkei J˘shi (弁慶上使), Act IV of
Gosho Zakura Horikawa Youchi
(御所桜堀川夜討; 御所櫻堀川夜討)
Performance Place: Asakusa Sh˘chiku-za, Tokyo
Performance Date: 01/01/26
Print Date: 1927
Series: S˘saku Hanga: Shunsen Nigao-e Shű
(創作版画 春仙似顔集) (#19)
*Personal Collection

Note:  Ichiz˘ IV first played this role in Tokyo at the Engi-za
 in December 1910.  He would again play this role at the
Teikoku Gekij˘ in July 1921 and at the Meiji-za in February
1924.  It is possible that Shunsen based this print on his 1921
or 1924 performances.
 
 
 



                   
Ichikawa Ennosuke II (市川猿之助) as
Ikuta Kakudayű (生田角太夫)

Play: T˘yama Seidan Uwasa Shiranami (遠山政談噂白浪),
a version of T˘yama Zakura Tenp˘ Nikki (遠山桜天保日記)
Performance Place: Asakusa Shokaku-za, Tokyo
Performance Date: 01/01/26
Print Date: 1927
Series: S˘saku Hanga: Shunsen Nigao-e Shű
(創作版画 春仙似顔集) (#21)
*Personal Collection



                   
Ichikawa Sadanji II (市川左団次; 市川左團次) as
Narukami J˘nin (鳴神上人)

Play: Narukami (鳴神)
Performance Place: Kabuki-za, Tokyo
Performance Date: 01/02/26
Print Date: 1926
Series: S˘saku Hanga: Shunsen Nigao-e Shű
(創作版画 春仙似顔集) (#9)
*Personal Collection

Note:  Sadanji II first played this role in Tokyo at the Meiji-za
in May 1910.  He would again play this role at the Teikoku
Gekij˘ in December 1919.  Depending on the precise
publication date of this print, it is possible that Shunsen
modeled this print after Sadanji II's 1919 performance.

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FEBRUARY

                   
Onoe Eizabur˘ VII (尾上栄三郎; 尾上榮三郎) as
Okaru (お軽; おかる)

Play: Kanpei Harakiri (勘平腹切), Act 6 of
Kanadehon Chűshingura
(仮名手本忠臣蔵; 假名手本忠臣蔵)
Performance Place: Shinbashi Enbuj˘, Tokyo
Performance Date: 02/01/26
Print Date: 1926
Series: S˘saku Hanga: Shunsen Nigao-e Shű
(創作版画 春仙似顔集) (#11)
Personal Collection
 
Note: Some authorities date this print to 1925, but I have found
no record of Eizabur˘ VII performing this role prior to February
1926.
 
 
 


MARCH

                   
Morita Kanĺya XIII (守田勘弥; 守田勘彌) as
Kajiwara Genta Kagesue (梶原源太景季)

Play: Hirakana  Seisuiki (ひらかな盛衰記; ひらがな盛衰記 )
Performance Place: Ichimura-za, Tokyo
Performance Date: 03/03/26
Print Date: 1928
Series: S˘saku Hanga: Shunsen Nigao-e Shű
(創作版画 春仙似顔集) (#28)
*Personal Collection
 
 
 
 
 



                   
Nakamura Kaisha I (中村魁車) as
Okaru (お軽; おかる)

Play:  Shinjű Yoi G˘shin (心中宵庚申)
Performance Place: Kabuki-za, Tokyo
Performance Date: 03/03/26
Print Date: 1928
Series: S˘saku Hanga: Shunsen Nigao-e Shű
(創作版画 春仙似顔集) (#35)
*Personal Collection


APRIL


                   
Nakamura Utaemon V (中村歌右衛門) as
Yodogimi (淀君)

Play:  Yodogimi Odawarajin (淀君小田原陣)
Performance Place: Kabuki-za, Tokyo
Performance Date: 04/01/26
Print Date: 1926
Series: S˘saku Hanga: Shunsen Nigao-e Shű
(創作版画 春仙似顔集) (#13)
Personal Collection

Note: Utaemon V first played the role of Yodo no Kata
(淀の方) in Hototogisu Koj˘ no Rakugetsu (沓手鳥孤城落月)
at the Hongo-za in Tokyo in November 1913, at the Kabuki-za
in October 1916, April 1919, and June 1925; at the Shintomi-
za in May 1921, and at the Meiji-za in February 1924.  He
also played the character in a play called Yodogimi (淀君) at
the Kabuki-za in November 1918, January 1921, and October
1925; in a play called Kiri Hitoha (桐一葉) at the Kabuki-za
in October 1919 and at the Hongo-za in October 1924; in a
play called ďsakaj˘ (大阪城) at the Kabuki-za in January
1921; and in a play called Seki-ga-Hara (関ヶ原) at the
Kabuki-za in April 1925.   It is possible that this print
depicts any of these performance, especially the one at the
Kabuki-za in October 1925 if the print was published
before April 1926.