Actor Iwai Kumesaburô II as the Geisha Koito, from an untitled series of actors in mirrors

「芸者小いと 岩井粂三郎」(二代目)

Japanese
Edo period
1829 (Bunsei 12), 1st month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Tsutaya Kichizô (Kôeidô) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Shindo, Gototei Kunisada yakusha-e no sekai (1993), p. 82

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 36.4 x 25 cm (14 5/16 x 9 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.15138

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions: 11.15138, *11.29574 (deaccessioned in 2012)

Play: Iro Ichiza Soga Ôyose
Theater: Ichimura
色一座曽我大寄(いろいちざそがおおよせ)
 市村

Inscription

「何なりとうとうてひけよ野の小松 くめ三」

Signed

Kôchôrô Kunisada ga
香蝶楼国貞画

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: August 3, 1911)

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