Actor Nakamura Shikan IV as a Firefighter

四代目中村芝翫の火消し

Japanese
Edo period
1860 (Ansei 7/Man'en 1), 9th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Kikuya Ichibei (Japanese), Blockcutter Koizumi Kanegorô (Hori Kane) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 36.3 x 25.8 cm (14 5/16 x 10 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.40754

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Imaginary performance (mitate).

Signed

Hanmoto no konomi ni tsuki Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche

梓元付好 豊国画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censor's seal: Monkey 9 aratame
Blockcutter's mark: Koizumi Hori Kane

改印:申九改
彫師:小泉彫兼

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