Actor Bandô Minosuke III as Nikki Korekichi, No. 1 of an untitled pentaptych

「仁木惟吉 坂東簑助」(三代目) 「壱」

Japanese
Edo period
1838 (Tenpô 9), 3rd month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Izumiya Ichibei (Kansendô) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Hizô Ukiyo-e taikan/Ukiyo-e Masterpieces in European Collections 3, British Museum III (1987), pl. 10 (sheets 4 and 5 only) and pp. 224-5 (complete pentaptych)

Dimensions

Vertical ôban, right sheet of pentaptych; 32 x 22 cm (12 5/8 x 8 11/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.42918

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Pentaptych: 11.42918-22 (no VR)

Play (shosa, interval): Gosho Moyô Genji no Edo-zome
Play (main feature): Yanagi Sakura Iroe no Kagabone
Theater: Ichimura

Signed

Gototei Kunisada ga (on each sheet)

五渡亭国貞画

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