////Utagawa Kuniyasu. Kabuki actors Iwai Kumesaburō II as Shirai Gonpachi and Ichikawa Danjūrō VII as Banzui Chōbei / Fan print, 1826.

Utagawa Kuniyasu. Kabuki actors Iwai Kumesaburō II as Shirai Gonpachi and Ichikawa Danjūrō VII as Banzui Chōbei / Fan print, 1826.

Artist: Utagawa Kuniyasu [歌川 国安] (Japanese, 1794–1832).

Publisher seal: [太] (Ta): Marks 02-050 | U421b: An unknown publisher in Edo, fl. c. 1815-61; name assigned according to seal shape “Yama-Ta“.

Signed: Kuniyasu ga [国安 画].

Date-aratame seal: Bunsei 9 (1826).

Actors:

Iwai Hanshirō VI [岩井半四郎] (Japanese, 1799 – 1836), other names: Iwai Hanshirō VI, Iwai Kumesaburō II, Iwai Hisajirō I, Baiga (poetry name), Shūka (poetry name) — as Shirai Gonpachi [白井權八].

Ichikawa Danjūrō VII 市川団十郎 (Japanese, 1791 – 1859), other names: Ichikawa Ebizō V, Ichikawa Hakuen II, Ichikawa Shinnosuke I — as Banzui Chōbei [幡随長兵衛].

Kabuki play: Suzugamori [Suzu-ga-Mori, 鈴ヶ森], a.k.a. Ukiyozuka Hiyoku no Inazuma written by Tsuruya Nanboku IV (Japanese, c. 1755 – 1829). First staged in 1823 at Ichimura-za [市村座] in Edo.

Plot: “A gang of evil palanquin bearers are stationed near the Suzugamori execution grounds, where they lay in wait to rob travellers passing through. Gonpachi, who killed a man in his home province, is being sought by the police. He is fleeing to Edo when the bearers attack him in hopes of claiming a reward. He beats them off with great skill. Banzui Chōbei, who is being carried by in a palanquin, sees the attack, admires Gonpachi’s ability, and promises to aid him if he is going to Edo”. [Samuel L. Leiter. Historical Dictionary of Japanese Traditional Theatre. — Rowman & Littlefield, 2014; p. 382-3.; LIB-2110.2019].

Ref.: Sotheby’s.

SKU: SVJP-0353.2022 Categories: ,

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