Actor Ichimura Kakitsu IV as Akagaki Genzô, from the series Opened Fans Blooming with Flowery Words (Kotoba no hana hiraku suehiro)

「詞花開末広 赤垣源蔵」 四代目市村家橘

Japanese
Edo period
1867 (Keiô 3), 9th month
Artist Toyohara Kunichika (Japanese, 1835–1900), Publisher Kagaya Kichiemon (Kichibei) (Japanese), Blockcutter Watanabe Eizô (Hori Ei) (Japanese, 1833–1901)


Catalogue Raisonné

Waseda db 100-1643

Dimensions

Vertical ôban

Accession Number

11.40532

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 jointly designed by Kunichika and Kuniteru II.

Inscription

「留守問ふて本意なき□の□□哉 魁連 □雫」

Signed

Kunichika hitsu
国周筆

Markings

Censor's seal: Hare 9 aratame
Blockcutter's mark: Hori Ei
改印:卯九改
彫師:彫栄

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