Actor Ichikawa Monnosuke III as Takao IV, from the series Imaginary Portraits of Actors in the Role of Takao (Na ni Takao mitate sugata-e)

「名高尾見立姿絵 四代目 市川門之助」(三代目)

Japanese
Edo period
1863 (Bunkyû 3), 12th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Koshimuraya Heisuke (Koshihei) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban 36.8 x 24.5 cm (14 1/2 x 9 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.43666

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Signed

Ôju Toyokuni rô hitsu, in toshidama cartouche

応需 豊国老筆(年玉枠)

Markings

Censor's seal: Boar 12 aratame
No blockcutter's mark

改印: 亥十二改

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