Actor Iwai Hanshirô V, from the series Four Heavenly Kings for the Katsushika Group (Katsushika Shitennô)

「かつしか四天王」 五代岩井半四郎

Japanese
Edo period
1830 (Bunsei 13/Tenpô 1)
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864)


Catalogue Raisonné

Rijksmuseum cat. IV, Hiroshige and the Utagawa School (1984), #144b

Dimensions

Shikishiban, right sheet of diptych; 20.7 x 18.5 cm (8 1/8 x 7 5/16 in.)

Accession Number

00.1943

Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (surimono); ink and color on paper

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Three prints from the series, possibly a polyptych: 00.1943, 00.1944, 11.19894

Inscription

Poems by Buntsuen Tsuzumigoto, Bunshôsha Shichika and Bunshôsha Kadonarabi

「文津園鼓琴 さゝかにの蜘をからめて鬼こもる山路の梅やしたふうくひす」「文照舎芦☆ くひつみにかされる海老のくれなゐは宝の山の初日とや見む」「たのもしき友よひつれてまひあそふ和歌の浦辺の千代雀の声 文贈舎門並」

Signed

Kôchôrô Kunisada ga

香蝶楼国貞画

Markings

Artist's seal: double toshidama

Provenance

January 1900, purchased at the Brinkley-Condor Sale by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. (Accession Date: January 9, 1900)

Credit Line

General Funds