Actor Nakamura Fukusuke I as the Haiku Poet (Haijin no) Futami Bundai, in Drunken Acrobatics: Tightrope Walking (Sakegurui karuwaza, tsuna watari)

「俳人の二見文台」初代中村福助 「酒狂のかる業 綱渡り」

Japanese
Edo period
1856 (Ansei 3), 10th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Iseyoshi (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 35.2 x 24.3 cm (13 7/8 x 9 9/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.40152

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Play (shosa, finale of Part 2): Ise Meisho Waza to Iezuto
Play (main feature): Hatsuyuki to Mimasu no Kagekiyo
Theater: Nakamura
初雪三升蔵景清(はつゆきとみますのかげきよ)
伊勢名所業土産(いせめいしょわざといえづと) 常磐津、富本、清元、長唄
中村、二番目大切
 1856、安政03、10・07

Signed

Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche
豊国画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censor's seals; aratame, Dragon 10
No blockcutter's mark
改印:改、辰十
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: 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