Shirai Gonpachi
Date: ca. 1845
Shirai Gonpachi, a robber and murderer in the late 17th century, was famous as a lover of Komurasaki. In this picture he holds a spotted scarf over his shoulders and a shakuhachi stuck in the back of his girdle. His outer robe features the stylish fabric with cursive writing. Due to the remaining influence of the Tenpô reforms, Kuniyoshi could not portray realistically the Kabuki actors. A poem by Ryûkatei Tanekazu.
Publisher: Kinsei-dô: Ibaya Hisabei
Size: ôban
Condition: Very good impression, color and condition. Slight trimming.
Sealed: nanushi seal: Hama Yahei (used 1842-46)
Inventory Number: KUY241