Subject:Re: Help with reading insciptions on woodblock print
Posted By: Mon, Jan 30, 2012 IP: 188.8.131.52
If no one else helps, here is what I do...
As a non-Japanese speaker, I use 2 pages of the Kunisada Project to find the actor, play, and role. First, I look up the actor's name in the "Kabuki Actors Portrayed by Kunisada" page (see link below).
Then, knowing the actor and date of the print (in your case, 1851 - 53), I try to figure out the play(s) and, thus, deduce the role from the "Kabuki Plays Illustrated by Kunisada" page (http://www.kunisada.de/kabuki-plays/play-list-0.htm).
Also, look through the prints on the Kunisada Project. If you can find your print (it is multiple pages (and actors)), the information you want will be provided.
With luck, someone else will provide better information.
PS. If no one else replies, and I have time, I'll try to find it.
URL Title :Kabuki Actors Portrayed by Kunisada