////Utagawa Kunisada. Actor Bandō Shūka I as Shirai Gonpachi, from the series ‘A Parody of the Five Chivalrous Commoners: a Cup of Sake From Their Fans’ / Fan print, 1852.

Utagawa Kunisada. Actor Bandō Shūka I as Shirai Gonpachi, from the series ‘A Parody of the Five Chivalrous Commoners: a Cup of Sake From Their Fans’ / Fan print, 1852.

Utagawa Kunisada [歌川 国貞] a.k.a. Utagawa Toyokuni III [三代歌川豊国] (Japanese, 1786 – 1865).

Uncut fan print (uchiwa-e), 295 x 230 mm, depicting kabuki actor Bandō Shūka I as Shirai Gonpachi (白井権八) reading a scroll by the light of a lantern. From the series A Parody of the Five Chivalrous Commoners; a Cup of Sake From Their Fans (Mitate gonin otoko, go-hiiki no omoizashi).  According to Paul Griffith, the term omoizashi refers to the act of pouring a cup of sake for one’s chosen partner, here giving an impression of intimacy and affection between famous actors and their patrons.

Actor: Bandō Shūka I [初代坂東しうか] (Japanese, 1813-1855); other names: Bandō Tamasaburō I, Bandō Mitsugorō V (posthumously).

The print was probably published by some unknown Yama-Ta (Marks U421b).

Double nanushi censor seals and date seal: Muramatsu and Fuku, Kaei 5, 2nd month (2/1852).

As Kabuki Encyclopedia put it: “Gonpachi. A parasite. From the character named Shirai Gonpachi who lives at the home of Banzui Chōbei and sponges off him” (An English-Langauge Adaptation of Kabuki Jiten. Samuel L. Leiter. Greenwood Press, 1979, pp. 26, 98-9).

There were many kabuki plays based on the story of the lovers Miura-ya Komurasaki and Shirai Gonpachi. (See: [LIB-2226.2019] Algernon Bertram Freeman-Mitford. Tales of Old Japan. — London: Macmillan and Co., 1883).

Ref.: Art shop Ezoshi Ukiyoe new collection news, vol. 66, 2023.1 (Jan) # 31, p.8.

 

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