Actor Iwai Kumesaburô II as Kewaizaka no Shôshô, from the series Modern Mirror of Actors (Yakusha tôsei kagami)

「役者当世鏡」 「けわい坂の少/\ 岩井粂三郎」(二代目)

Japanese
Edo period
1823 (Bunsei 6), 1st month
Artist Utagawa Toyokuni I (Japanese, 1769–1825), Publisher Yamamotoya Heikichi (Eikyûdô) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Waseda db 100-1878; Kuwana City Mus., Shodai Utagawa Toyokuni yakusha-e ten (2002), #116

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 35.9 x 25.3 cm (14 1/8 x 9 15/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.38719

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Play: Hatsu Yume Soga Takara no Irifune
Theater: Morita
初夢曾我宝入船 (はつゆめそがたからのいりふね)
 森田

Signed

Ôju Toyokuni ga
応需豊国画

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