Nakamura Utaemon III (中村歌右衛門) as Akaneya Hanshichi (あかねや半七) holding his child Otsū

Ryūsai Shigeharu (柳斎重春) (artist 1802 – 1852)

Nakamura Utaemon III (中村歌右衛門) as Akaneya Hanshichi (あかねや半七) holding his child Otsū


1829 – 1830
10 in x 14.875 in (Overall dimensions) color woodblock print
Signed Ryūsai Shigeharu ga
Publisher: Wataya Kihei (Marks 579 - seal 25-056)
Seal: Kasuke Hori
Lyon Collection - an 1827 Kunihiro diptych with Akeneya Hanshichi
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston - Eizan print of Sankatsu and Hanshichi together, he is holding their child
Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, the University of California - gift of Mr. and Mrs. Roger Keyes Nakamura Utaemon III as Akaneya Hanshichi holds his son in a drama whose main characters were the lovers Akaneya Hanshichi, the son of a sake merchant in the Yamato province, and Minoya Sankatsu, a courtesan of Ōsaka. Both characters really existed and committed double suicide the 7th of the 12th lunar month of 1695 in the burial ground of Sennichi in Ōsaka.


" "Sankatsu and Hanshichi" is the popular name of plays for both the puppet and Kabuki stages, treating the suicide of lovers of the same name. The real-life incident on which the plays are based took place in 1695, when Sankatsu, adopted daughter of Minoya Heizaemon of Nagamachi in Osaka, and Akaney Hanshichi of Gojō in Yamato Province, commited love-suicide together in the Namba district fo Osaka. The most famous theatrical version of the story is the play Hade sugata onna mai-ginu, first performed in 1772."

Quoted from: The Passionate Art of Kitagawa Utamaro by Asano and Clark, text volume, p. 207.
Nakamura Utaemon III (三代目中村歌右衛門) (actor)
Kyōto-Osaka prints (kamigata-e - 上方絵) (genre)
actor prints (yakusha-e - 役者絵) (genre)
Wataya Kihei (綿屋喜兵衛) (publisher)
Akaneya Hanshichi (あかねや半七) (role)