Actor Nakamura Shikan IV as Denbei, from the series Comparisons of Vengeance by Men and by Women (Ada kurabe myôto awase)

「仇競女夫合 伝兵衛 中村芝翫」(四代目)

Japanese
Edo period
1863 (Bunkyû 3), 2nd month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Koshimuraya Heisuke (Koshihei) (Japanese), Blockcutter Matsushima Daijirô (Hori Dai) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 35.4 x 24.2 cm (13 15/16 x 9 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

11.43611

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Signed

Nanajûhassai Toyokuni hitsu, in toshidama cartouche

七十八歳豊国筆(年玉枠)

Markings

Censor's seal: Boar 2 aratame
Blockcutter's mark: Matsushima Hori Dai

改印:亥二改
彫師:松島彫大

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