Actor Ichimura Uzaemon XII as a Mackerel Seller (Aji uri), from the series Dance of the Four Seasons, a Great Hit (Shiki shosagoto no uchi, ôatari)

「大当 四季所作事の内」 鯵売 「市村羽左衛門」(十二代目)

Japanese
Edo period
1834 (Tenpô 5), 5th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Yamamotoya Heikichi (Eikyûdô) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 36.9 x 24.8 cm (14 1/2 x 9 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

11.42870

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): Na ni Tachibana Hana no Edaburi
Scene: Aji Uri Isami no Sekishô
Play: Ichinotani Futaba Gunki
Theater: Ichimura

Signed

Gototei Kunisada ga

五渡亭国貞画

Markings

Censor's seal: kiwame

改印:極

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