Actor Matsumoto Kôshirô V (?) and Woman Playing Shamisen, from an untitled series with fans possibly representing the Six Jewel Rivers (Mu Tamagawa)

井手の玉川ヵ 五代目松本幸四郎と三味線を弾く美人

Japanese
Edo period
1806 (Bunka 3), 6th month
Artist Utagawa Toyokuni I (Japanese, 1769–1825), Publisher Tsuruya Kinsuke (Sôkakudô) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Another print in the series: Marks, Japanese Woodblock Prints (2010), p. 233

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 36.3 x 23.9 cm (14 5/16 x 9 7/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.13514

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

The design on the fan suggests the river associated with kerria roses (yamabuki), the Ide Jewel River in Yamashiro Province.

Signed

Toyokuni ga
豊国画

Markings

Censor's seals: kiwame, Tiger 6
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