Actor Nakamura Fukusuke II as Kasagawa no Higezô, from the series A Modern Shuihuzhuan (Kinsei Suikoden)

「近世水滸伝 笠川の髭造 中村福助」(二代目)

Japanese
Edo period
1861 (Man'en 2/Bunkyû 1), 7th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Text by Kanagaki Robun (Japanese), Publisher Iseya Kanekichi (Japanese), Blockcutter Horikô Ko-Kin (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Iwakiri et al., Edo no eiyû (2010), #103; Marks, Japanese Woodblock Prints (2010), p. 295; the series: Kokubungaku kenkyû shiryôkan, ed., Zusetsu mitate to yatsushi (2008), pp. 85-96, cat. nos. 76-86 (this design not illustrated)

Dimensions

Vertical ôban;: 36.2 x 25 cm (14 1/4 x 9 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.42775

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Signed

Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche

豊国画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censor's seal: Chicken 7 aratame
Blockcutter's mark: Horikô Ko-Kin

改印:酉七改
彫師:彫工小金

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