Actor Ôtani Hiroji III as the Footman (Yakko) Tosa no Matabei

三代目大谷広次の奴土佐の又平

Japanese
Edo period
1794 (Kansei 6), 7th month
Publisher Tsutaya Jûzaburô (Kôshodô) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

MFA, Printed Treasures (2008), #86; Dai Sharaku ten (1995), #034; Ukiyo-e shûka 11 (1979), list #035

Dimensions

Hosoban; 32.7 x 15.1 cm (12 7/8 x 5 15/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.19272

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Play: Keisei Sanbon Karakasa (The Three Parasols of the Courtesan)
Theater: Miyako
けいせい三本傘(けいせいさんぼんからかさ)
 都

Signed

Tôshûsai Sharaku ga
東洲斎写楽画

Markings

Censor's seal: kiwame
Collector's seals: sakura (unidentified), W.S. Bigelow (on back)
改印:極

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