Actor Ôtani Tokuji, from the book Yakusha gakuya tsû (Actors in Their Dressing Rooms)

似貌絵本俳優楽屋通 「大谷徳次」

Japanese
Edo period
1799 (Kansei 11), 1st month
Artist Utagawa Kunimasa (Japanese, 1773–1810)


Catalogue Raisonné

Ukiyo-e shûka 9 (1981), list #1.83.15; the book: Hizô Ukiyo-e taikan/Ukiyo-e Masterpieces in European Collections 3, British Museum III (1987), pls. 318-22 (this page not illustrated)

Dimensions

One kohon page; 14.7 x 10.2 cm (5 13/16 x 4 in.)

Accession Number

11.25871

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

From a book of 36 actor portraits, jointly designed by Toykuni I and Kunimasa (18 portraits each), with a frontispiece by Utamaro.

Signed

Kunimasa ga

国政画

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