Sawamura Gennosuke I (澤村源之助) in an unidentified role

Utagawa Toyokuni I (初代歌川豊国) (artist 1769 – 02/24/1825)

Sawamura Gennosuke I (澤村源之助) in an unidentified role

Print


ca 1809
9.8 in x 14.4 in (Overall dimensions) color woodblock print

Signed: Toyokuni ga (豊国画)
Publisher: Miyakawaya Seiemon
(Marks 328 -seal 16-011)
Censor's seal: kiwame

Lyon Collection - another Toyokuni I of this actor with his crest prominently displayed

This print has seen better days. It is soiled, torn, worn and faded. But even as it is, the figure of Gennosuke I could be identified, not by the printed text in the upper right, but by this actor's personal crest, a partial chrysanthemum flower, seen in a circular pattern. It is what decorates his under-robe and can be seen clearly on the front of the lower part of his costume.

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There is another fresher, but cropped version of this print in the collection of Drexel University in Philadelphia.
actor prints (yakusha-e - 役者絵) (genre)
Mikawaya Seiemon (三河屋清右衛門) (publisher)
Sawamura Gennosuke I (初代沢村源之助: 1/1791 to 10/1811) (actor)