Actor Ichikawa Ebijûrô I as Tôken Jûbei

初代市川鰕十郎の唐犬重兵衛

Japanese
Edo period
about 1822 (Bunsei 5)
Artist Shunkôsai Hokushû (Japanese, active 1810–1832)


Catalogue Raisonné

Asia Soc./JASA, Designed for Pleasure (2008), p. 211, #48; Kitagawa, "Bosuton ..." (Kansai daigaku, 2007), p. 91; Ikeda bunko, Kamigata yakusha-e shûsei, vol. 1 (1997), #111; Schwaab, Osaka Prints (1989), #39; Keyes 1973, #207a and pl. 21

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 38.2 x 26.2 cm (15 1/16 x 10 5/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.35379

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions: 11.35379, 11.38799

Play: Benimurasaki Aide Someage (Red and Purple, Rich Dyes of Osaka)
Theater: Kado
Date of production: 1816 (Bunka 13), intercalary 8th month
紅紫大坂潤(べにむらさきあいでそめあげ)

 文化十三年

Inscription

Poem, by Hôrai Sanjin: Saohime mo/ nabiki ya suran/ hôrai no/ ebi wa rippa na/ haru no hanagata

Signed

Shunkôsai Hokushû ga
春好斎北洲画

Markings

No publisher's mark
Artist's seal: Hokushû
版元:なし

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: September 29, 2004)

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