Sawamura Sōjūrō III (三代目沢村宗十郎: 11/1771-3/1801) (actor 1753 – 1801)

Kōga (poetry name - 高賀)
Shabaku (poetry name - 遮莫)
Shozan (poetry name - 曙山?)
Tosshi (poetry name - 訥子)
Sawamura Tanosuke I (初代沢村田之助: 1759-11/1771)


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Two of the greatest prints in the Lyon Collection are both of large head portraits of Sawamura Sōjūrō III, both are by Toyokuni I. The other one is of Sōjūrō as Gengobei in possibly the last role he ever performed before he died.


This actor held this name from 11/1771 until his death on the 29th day in 3/1801. His father was Sawamura Sōjūrō II (1713-1770). His father-in-laws were Arashi Hinasuke I (1741-96) and Matsumoto Kōshirō IV (1737-1802). His brother was Suketakaya Takasuke II (1747-1818). His sons were Sawamura Sōjūrō IV (1784-1812 - aka Gennosuke I) and Sawamura Tanosuke II (1788-1817). His adopted son was Sawamura Kinpei (no known dates).


Sōjūrō III was born in 1753 and died on the 29th day of the 3rd lunar month of 1801. By the time of his death his reputation ranked with the best which included his contemporaries Danjūrō and Kikunojō.

"Outstanding tachiyaku actor, Sawamura Sōjūrō III was equally popular in Edo and in the Kamigata cities. He was an excellent wagotoshi and jitsugotoshi. Budōgoto roles were also his forte.

His best roles: Gengobei ("Godairiki Koi no Fūjime"), Ōboshi Yuranosuke ("Kanadehon Chūshingura"), Ashikaga Yorikane ("Meiboku Sendai Hagi") and Soga Jūrō in numerous sogamono."

This information is taken directly from Kabuki21.


Under this name this actor was portrayed in prints by Shun'ei, Shunshō, Shunkō, Toyokuni I, Hokusai, Kiyonaga, Sharaku, Kōzan, Katsukawa Shunsen, Shuntei, Shunjō, Shunchō, Kunimasa and Utamaro.