In the first half of the eighteenth century the production of prints of Kabuki actors was dominated by artists of the Torii-family school. Kiyotada, a student of Torii Kiyonobu, the school's founder, portrayed ... more
On the runway to the stage, the actor Ichikawa Danjūrō appears just before striding forward to save the day, shouting "Shibaraku!" ("Wait a moment!") in a bravado role he created. Kiyotada employed the techniqu... more
Print shows two actors (possibly Sawamura Sōjūrō, 1685-1756, and Ichikawa Yaozō) in the roles of two brothers who attempt to revenge their father's murder.
Print shows the actor Ichikawa Komazō as Sanno no Genzaemon holding an umbrella and walking with the courtesan Tamagiku, portrayed by the actor Segawa Kikunojō.
Danjūrō V plays the role of Fuwa Banzaemon, who is an enemy of Nagoya Sanza. The two are rivals for the love of the same woman. Shown in a pose (mie) at a climactic point of the play, Danjūrō wears a "thunder" ... more
Ichikawa Danjūrō IV as the monk Mongaku stands at the center of this composition. Nakamura Rikō as Chitose is on the left, Nakamura Nakazō I as Sakon-gitsune on the right. The three actors, mimicking the dance ... more
Print shows Ichikawa Danzō I, a kabuki actor, full-length portrait, standing, facing slightly left, holding a sword over right shoulder, possibly in the role of a samurai or as Shoki the demon queller.
This dramatic scene known as "Pulling the Carriage Apart" (Kuruma-biki), was performed at Ichimura Theater, in August 1776. Ichikawa Ebizo (Danjuro IV), seated on the ground in front of the cart at the right, a... more
Famous actors, dressed as chivalrous commoners, stand before the entrance to the Chōjiya and O-miya houses in the Yoshiwara pleasure district. Danjūrō V is second from the right. Chivalrous commoners, who were ... more