Utagawa Toyokuni I (初代歌川豊国) (artist 1769 – 02/24/1825)
Ichikawa Danjūrō VII (七代目市川団十郎) in the role of Kenkaya Gorōemon, aka Gorōemon the Brawler, (喧嘩や五郎右衛門) in the play Goku saishiki musume ōgi or 'The Maiden's Colorful Fan' [極彩色娘扇]
10.25 in x 15 in (Overall dimensions) Japanese woodblock print
Signed: Toyokuni ga
Publisher: Yamamotoya Heikichi
(Marks 595 - seal 02-026)
Censor's seal: kiwame
Waseda University - the same actor in the same role by the same artist in a different setting
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston - a 1732 print by Kiyonobu II showing Kenkaya Gorōemon with Osen
Honolulu Museum of Art - 1780 giga representation of Kenkaya Gorōemon by Nichōsai Gorōemon the Brawler was well known to the Osaka police in 1700, but he was only one of quite a few ruffians they tried to keep an eye on.
By 1732 he was featured as one of the characters in a kabuki play. Each season started with a variation on the 12th century Soga brothers theme and his character appeared in one of those plays. These plays strayed fall afield from the original story.
It is interesting to note that the first two kanji characters, 喧嘩, appear on the fellow's robe in a bold size. His name is Kenkaya and it is usually 'spelled' out as 喧嘩屋. On the lantern the actor is holding is a a matsukawa-bishi (松皮菱) or pine bark, i.e., triple lozenge, motif enclosing an identifying mon.
Yamamotoya Heikichi (山本屋平吉) (publisher)
actor prints (yakusha-e - 役者絵) (genre)
Ichikawa Danjūrō VII (七代目市川團十郎: 11/1800 to 2/1832) (actor)
Soga brothers (曾我兄弟) (genre)