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Actor: Sawamura Gennosuke I (初代沢村源之助)

Alternate names:
Kōga (poetry name)
Tosshi (poetry name)
Sawamura Sōjūrō IV (四代目沢村宗十郎)

Lifetime: 1784 - 1812

Related links: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston - an 1809 Gennosuke I as Ume no Yoshibei, with an image of his father Sawamura Sōjūrō III in an accompanying mirror motif;

Biography:

This actor held this name from 1/1791 to 10/1811. As Sōjūrō IV he held that name from 11/1811 until his death in 12/1812.

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"The eldest son of Sōjūrō III [who is represented in the Lyon Collection by two spectacular Toyokun I prints] and the daughter of Matsumoto Kōshirō IV. His brother was Sawamura Tanosuke III. He began as Sawamura Gennosuke I, debuting in 1791. He became known as one of the era's top three young stars, along with Onoe Kikugorō III and Ichikawa Danjūrō VII. In 1811, while acting in Edo, he became Sōjūrō IV. His acting was similar to his father's and he acted in the same types of roles. He died before he could fulfill his promise."

Quoted from: The New Kabuki Encyclopedia, Samuel L. Leiter, p. 559.

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His adopted son was Sawamura Sōjūrō V (1802-53) who is represented in the Lyon Collection by two prints. There are two great prints in this collection by Toyokuni I of Sōjūrō IV's father Sawamura Sōjūrō III (1753-1801).