Actor Nakamura Shikan II as Ôtomo no Kuronushi, from an untitled series of actors in mirrors

「大伴の黒主 中村芝翫」(二代目)

Japanese
Edo period
1831 (Tenpô 2), 3rd month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Tsutaya Kichizô (Kôeidô) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Shindo, Gototei Kunisada yakusha-e no sekai (1993), p. 85

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 37.4 x 26 cm (14 3/4 x 10 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

11.39522

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Play: Kumoi no Hana Masago no Shiranami
Theater: Nakamura

Inscription

「二代め芝翫 元日やいさ立よらん鏡もち」

Signed

Gototei Kunisada ga

五渡亭国貞画

Markings

Censor's seal: kiwame

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: 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