Actor Ichikawa Danjûrô IV as an Immortal, either Ki no Natora in 1765 or Tenjiku Tokubei in 1768

四代目市川団十郎の仙人、記ノ名虎ヵ、天竺徳兵衛ヵ

Japanese
Edo period
1765 (Meiwa 2), 11th month OR 1768 (Meiwa 5), 8th month
Artist Katsukawa Shunshô (Japanese, 1726–1792)


Catalogue Raisonné

Clark et al., The Actor's Image (1994), #74 and pl. 28; Ukiyo-e shûka 13 (1981), Rijksmuseum pl. 126

Dimensions

Hosoban; 29.4 x 15.4 cm (11 9/16 x 6 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.18556

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Ki no Natora
1765 (Meiwa 2), 11th month
Play (Kaomise):
Theater: Nakamura

OR

Tenjiku Tokubei
1768 (Meiwa 5), 8th month
Play: Tenjiku Tokubei Kokyô no Torikaji
Theater: Nakamura

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