Actor Ichikawa Komemasu I, from the series Portraits as True Likenesses in the Moonlight (Makoto no tsuki hana no sugata-e)

「真写月花の姿絵(まことのつきはなのすがたえ)」「米升」初代市川米升

Japanese
Edo period
1867 (Keiô 3), 3rd month
Artist Utagawa Yoshiiku (Japanese, 1833–1904), Publisher Hirookaya Kôsuke (Kikujudô) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 35.4 × 24.4 cm (13 15/16 × 9 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.41092

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

From a series of 38 sheets, including a title page, frontispiece, and 36 silhouette portraits.

Inscription

Poem by the actor

Signed

Ikkeisai Yoshiiku hitsu
一蕙斎芳幾筆

Markings

Censor's seal: Hare 3 aratame
No blockcutter's mark
改印:卯三改
彫師: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: 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