Actor Ichikawa Danjūrō V as Kagekiyo, c. 1797

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The enormously popular actor Ichikawa Danjūrō V (1741–1806) took the name Ebizō in 1791. This painting was made five years after his retirement and carries a poetic inscription by the actor himself, even though it is seemingly written from the viewpoint of another actor.

Ebizō has given up being an actor;
being a performer myself,
I regret it happened
to such a good actor as he.

Actor Ichikawa Danjūrō V as Kagekiyo
Artist Life
1743 - 1812
Accession Number
Kikuchi Keigetsu 菊池契月; Richard P. Gale (until 1974)
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