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Albumen photograph, in original lithograph-printed studio mount, in 'carte de visite' size. Kabuki actors Onoe Kikugoro V as Toriyama Inuchiyo (later called Akisaku Terutada) and Nakamura Shikan IV as Inuchiyo's nurse Akishino, in 'Yayoi-zakura shiranui monogatari', performed at the Nakamura-za theatre, Tokyo, in second month, 1872.
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Height: 8.90 centimetres
Width: 5.90 centimetres
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- Uchida was one of the most significant pioneer photographers in Japan, particularly celebrated for his unprecedented photographic portraits of Emperor and Empress Meiji taken in 1872. He was also popular with foreign visitors to Japan (see Gartlan 2007). BM has one of the most important collections of woodblock prints of Kabuki actors outside Japan and it is fascinating to be able to show how the role of these was gradually challenged and altered by photographic portraits. This group is particularly early in date, in good condition and still in the original mounts, giving the addresses of Uchida's photographic studios in Yokohama and Tokyo, in both English and Japanese. Annotations on the back of the photos giving the names of the actors portrayed would seem to be by the original purchaser and are in German language.
-See the series of nine articles by Iwata Hideyuki in 'Kabuki -- kenkyu to hihyo', nos. 18-26, in which he identifies and dates similar Kabuki photos from the Meiji era (1868-1912)
-See the biography of Uchida Kuichi and additional bibliographical references given in 'The History of Japanese Photography' (Houston Museum of Fine Arts, 2003), pp. 365-6
-Luke Gartlan, ' "A native photographer of rare ability, skill and enthusiasm": Uchida Kuichi and his foreign clientele', in Tokyo-to Shashin Bijutsukan, eds., 'Yoake-mae shirarezaru Nihon shashin kaitaku-shi, vol. 1: Kanto-hen kenkyu hokoku', Tokyo, 2007, pp. 20-26.
- Sakigake tama no Utaemon 魁玉歌右衛門 (Kobunsha, 1936), p. 3, fig. 1
Timothy Clark, Jan 2010
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Associated Title: Yayoi-zakura shiranui monogatari 寎桜しらぬひ譚 (Second month, 1872)
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