Actor Nakamura Shikan II as Sekimori Sekibei

二代目中村芝翫の関守関兵衛

Japanese
Edo period
about 1831 (Tenpô 2)
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864)


Dimensions

Shikishiban; 20.2 x 18.2 cm (7 15/16 x 7 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.19896

Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (surimono); ink and color on paper

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Play: Tsumoru Koi Yuki no Seki no To

The design seems to be based on an 1810 nishiki-e print by Toyokuni I, Waseda db 101-6128 .
積恋雪関扉(つもるこい ゆきの せきのと)

Inscription

「つけわたる加声の鶏におきいてゝほしの願くむ今朝の若水 桃乃屋永胤」

Signed

Ôju Kôchôrô Kunisada ga
応需香蝶楼国貞画

Markings

Printer's mark: Shunpûdô Ryûkodô suri
春風堂柳湖堂摺

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