Actor Iwai Kumesaburô II, from the series Four Heavenly Kings for the Katsushika Group (Katsushika Shitennô)

「かつしか四天王」 二代目岩井粂三郎

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


Catalogue Raisonné

van Doesburg, What About Kunisada? (1990), pl. 27

Dimensions

Shikishiban, left sheet of diptych; 20.8 x 18.5 cm (8 3/16 x 7 5/16 in.)

Accession Number

00.1944

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 Bunchien Naomichi, Bunshisha Hashizumi, and Bunkaisha Nazuki.

「文知園直道 蓬莱のやまとやめてん門松に梅か香そふる春の曙」「文海舎名好 うす氷とけて光りも長閑なる谷の戸あけてきなて鴬」「あつさ弓はるをいはへるものゝふの素袍の袖もかほる梅か香 文信舎橋住」

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