Actor Ôtani Tomoemon IV as Akashigata Umaemon, from an untitled series of actors in mirrors

「明石瀉馬右衛門 大谷友右衛門」(四代目)

Japanese
Edo period
after 1831 (Tenpô 2), 11th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Tsutaya Kichizô (Kôeidô) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 37.4 x 26.4 cm (14 3/4 x 10 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.39527

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions: 11.39527, 11.45290

No record of this role has been found, but Ôtani Tomoemon IV arrived in Edo in the 11th month of Tenpô 2 (1831).

Inscription

「うか/\と夜をあかしやの月の友 芝友」

Signed

Kôchôrô Kunisada ga

香蝶楼国貞画

Markings

Censor's seal: kiwame

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: January 19, 2005)

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