Actor: Nakamura Shikan III (三代目中村芝翫)

Alternate names:
Gangyoku (poetry name)
Nakamura Komanosuke I (初代中村駒之助)
Nakamura Saizō (中村才蔵)
Nakamura Tsurusuke II (二代目中村鶴助)

Lifetime: 1810 - 1847

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This actor held this name from 1/1836 to 11/1847. He was the adopted son of Nakamura Utaemon III (三代目中村歌右衛門: 1778-1838) who is represented in the Lyon Collection with nearly 40 prints.

Nakamura Shikan III was a kaneru yakusha, who started in Edo but spent most of his career in the Kamigata theaters. He was popular and talented but unfortunately died too early at the age of 37.

It is said that, during the tough sumptuary laws of the last years of the Tenpō era, he was held up as a good example by the authorities because of his very modest way of life and his hard-working character.