Actor Ichikawa Kodanji IV as both a Palace Maid (Gosho jochû) and a Palace Attendant (Shichô), from the series Four Seasons (Shiki no uchi)

「四季の内 御所女中・仕丁」四代目市川小団次

Japanese
Edo period
1854 (Kaei 7/Ansei 1), 3rd month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Ebisuya Shôshichi (Kinshôdô) (Japanese), Blockcutter Koizumi Minokichi (Hori Mino) (Japanese, 1833–1906)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 35.6 x 24.6 cm (14 x 9 11/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.42818

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Play (shosa, finale of Part 2): Yosete Mimasu Hana no Nishiki-e
Play (main feature): Miyakodori Nagare no Shiranami
Theater: Kawarazaki

Signed

Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche

豊国画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censor's seals: aratame, Tiger 3
Blockcutter's mark: Hori Mino

改印:改、寅三
彫師:彫巳の

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