Actor Ôtani Hiroji III as Satsuma Gengobei (?), from the series Fans of the East (Azuma ôgi)

東扇 三代目大谷広治のさつま源吾兵衛ヵ

Japanese
Edo period
1775 (An'ei 4), 2nd month
Artist Katsukawa Shunshô (Japanese, 1726–1792)


Catalogue Raisonné

Clark et al., The Actor's Image (1994), #319 and pl. 72

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 37.5 x 21.8 cm (14 3/4 x 8 9/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.14870

Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Play: Iro Moyô Aoyagi Soga
Theater: Nakamura

The series title, accompanying text, and mark of publisher Iwatoya Genpachi were cut off of this impression at the lower left.
色模様青柳曽我(いろもようあおやぎそが)
 中村

Signed

Shunshô ga
春章画

Provenance

By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850 - d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: August 3, 1911)

NOTES:
[1] Much of Bigelow's collection of Asian art was formed during his residence in Japan between 1882 and 1889, although he also made acquisitions in Europe and the United States. Bigelow deposited many of these objects at the MFA in 1890 before donating them to the Museum's collection at later dates.

Credit Line

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection