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ADACHI GINKŌ

(FL. 1873-97*)

安達吟光

あだちぎんこう

Title Cartouche: sho-ryo-fu-kan-mitsu-ga (?)

 

Actors:

Left Panel:

Nakamura Shikan IV

中村芝翫

なかむらしかん

Center Panel:

Ichikawa Sadanji

市川左団次

いちかわさだんじ

Right Panel:

 Bandō Shinsui V

坂東 薪水

ばんどう しんすい

 

Print Sizes: 9 3/8" x 14 1/8"

 

Date: 1873, Third Month

Meiji 6

明治6

 

Publisher: Gusoku-ya Kahei

具足屋嘉兵衛

ぐそくやかへえ

 

Carver: Watanabe Ei (?)

渡辺(彫)栄

わたなべえいい

 

Signature found in red seal: Ginkō

 

ORIGINALLY $480.00

 

$330.00

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*Laurence P. Roberts in his Dictionary of Japanese Artists, p. 32, gives Ginkō's dates as fl. 1874-97. He notes that nothing is known about his life. However, the date seal should push the earliest date back by one year and may indicate on stylistic grounds alone that Ginkō had some connection to Kunichika's studio .

 

In the Rijksprentkabinet's Catalogue of the Collection of Japanese Prints Part V: The Age of Yoshitoshi published in 1990 the author iterates that we know very little about Ginkō's life. His oeuvre ran the gamut of typical subjects created at the time: actors, beautiful women, caricatures and Sino-Japanese War triptychs. Then he adds: "Ginkō was one of the few Meiji artists to run afoul of the censorship laws. In 1889, he was sent to jail for publishing a cartoon on the receiving of the constitution by the Meiji emperor, in which the emperor was depicted as a skeleton." (p. 82)

 

   

 

   
  Ginkō's signature is found in the red seal at the bottom  

 

   

Date Seal:

1873,

3rd Month

 

Publisher's mark:

Gusoku-ya Kahei

   
   

 Carver's seal:

Watanabe Ei (?)

 

 

The attribution to Kunichika is not only based on stylistic grounds and the fact that this publisher  published other works by the artist, but also because there is a corresponding triptych of three onnagata in similarly creative portraits. However, the onnagata triptych clearly displays a signature cartouche on each panel. Like the images featured on this page this triptych is dominated by the obliquely angled deep purple and white banner.  There is one other difference in that the reproduction of stitchery as shown here is lacking.

An example of the onnagata triptych can be found for comparison on the Tsubouchi Memorial Theater Museum at Waseda University. Unfortunately this site is in Japanese only.

 

   
Nakamura Shikan IV   Ichikawa Sadanji  

Bando

Shinsui V

中村芝翫   市川左団次   坂東薪水
なかむらしかん  

いちかわさだんじ

 

ばんどう

しんすい

 

    I want to thank A. for his special assistance.    

 

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Nakamura Shikan IV

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http://www.kabuki21.com/shikan4.php

 

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Ichikawa Sadanji

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http://www.kabuki21.com/sadanji1.php

 

For more on

Bandō Shinsui V

better known as Bandō Hikosaburō V

click on the link below.

BANDŌ HIKOSABURŌ V

 

 

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