Actor Kataoka Nizaemon VIII as Ume no Yoshibei, from the series Mirrors for Collage Pictures in the Modern Style (Imayô oshi-e kagami)

「今様押絵鏡 梅の由兵衛」 八代目片岡仁左衛門

Japanese
Edo period
1859 (Ansei 6), 10th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Fujiokaya Keijirô (Shôrindô) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Herwig, Heroes of the Kabuki Stage (2004), #29.1

Dimensions

Vertical ôban, creped; 22.0 x 15.9 cm

Accession Number

RES.11.5764.18

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions: 00.802, RES.11.5764.18

Play (second feature): Tsui no Meoto Naka mo Yoshibei
Play (main feature): Imoseyama Onna Teikin
Theater: Nakamura

Album: RES.11.5764.1 to .20

Inscription

「梅の由兵衛役をつとむるとて いさきよく絹引さくや恵比寿講 八代目我童」

Signed

Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche

豊国画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censor's seal: Goat 10 aratame
No blockcutter's mark

改印:未十改
彫師:なし

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