Actor Ichimura Kakitsu IV as the Courtesan (Keisei) Umegae

「けい城梅が枝」  四代目市村家橘

Japanese
Edo period
1866 (Keiô 2), 10th month
Artist Toyohara Kunichika (Japanese, 1835–1900), Publisher Tsujiokaya Kamekichi (Japanese), Blockcutter Watanabe Eizô (Hori Ei) (Japanese, 1833–1901)


Catalogue Raisonné

Waseda db 100-5251, and 100-5250 (the right sheet of the diptych, not in MFA)

Dimensions

Vertical ôban

Accession Number

11.41593

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Left sheet of incomplete diptych.

Signed

Kunichika hitsu
国周筆

Markings

Censor's seal: Tiger 10 aratame
Blockcutter's mark: Horikô Ei
改印:寅十改
彫師:彫工栄

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