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Actor: Ichikawa Danjūrō VII (七代目市川 團十郎)

Alternate names:
Hakuen (poetry name - 白猿)
Jukai (poetry name - 寿海)
Sanshō (poetry name - 三升)
Ichikawa Ebizō V (五代目市川海老蔵)
Ichikawa Hakuen II (二代目市川白猿)
Ichikawa Shinnosuke I (初代市川新之助)

Lifetime: 1791 - 1859

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Biography:

This actor held this name from 11/1800 to 2/1832. Danjūrō VII was directly descended from the founder of this line Danjūrō I (1660-1704), who was his great, great, great, grandfather. Among his sons were Danjūrō VIII with about 19 prints in the Lyon Collection and Danjūrō IX with about 19 more, including one photograph.

"With Ichikawa Danjūrō VII, the lines prestige and authority were revived to a degree rivaled only in the days of Danjūrōs I and II. He was the son of a lower samurai retainer - later a musician, and then a theatre teahouse (shibai jaya) proprietor - and the second daughter of Danjūrō V. Danjūrō VI adopted him and he debuted at four. Born the same year that his adoptive father took the name Danjūrō VI, he had only a short time to wait before being designated Danjūrō VII. This was in 1800, when he was nine. The ceremony honoring the occasion was concerned with making his right to the assumption clear to the contemporary theatre world, for he did not publicly take the name until 1807."

Quoted from: The New Kabuki Encyclopedia by Samuel L. Leiter, p. 186.

Ichikawa Danjūrō VII performed under this name until 1832 when he took the name Ichikawa Ebizō V, which he used until his death in 1859. As mention above he was the great, great, great grandson of Ichikawa Danjūrō I, the great, great grandson of Ebizō II (aka Danjūrō II - 1688-1758).

Danjūrō VII's crest was the peony.

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