Sawamura Sōjūrō III

Accession Number

Sawamura Sōjūrō III

Katsukawa Shunkō

Artist Nationality
Japanese (culture or style)

Object Creation Date
circa 1770

Medium & Support
woodblock print on paper

11 9/16 in x 5 1/2 in (29.37 cm x 13.97 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of Dr. James Hayes

Subject matter
Sawamura Sōjūrō III was born in 1753 and was active in kabuki from 1760 until his death in 1801. He is famous for both historical plays (jidaimono) and plays concerned with the everyday lives of commoners (sewamono). The play depicted in this print has not been identified.

Physical Description
A man stands in front of a window, scowling. He holds a paddle in both hands. Cherry blossoms decorate his inner robe, shown under the half-removed outer robe decorated by robed figures. His head is covered by a cloth.

Inscriptions: Katsukawa Shunkō ga (Artist's Signature)


Primary Object Classification

Collection Area

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actors (performing artists)
battledores (rackets)
figures (representations)
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