Actor Nakamura Shikan IV as Inada Kôzô, from an untitled series of actor portraits

「稲田幸蔵」 四代目中村芝翫

Japanese
Edo period
1861 (Man'en 2/Bunkyû 1), 4th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Other artist Miyagi Gengyo (Japanese, 1817–1880), Publisher Kagiya Shôbei (Japanese), Blockcutter Koizumi Kanegorô (Hori Kane) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 36 x 25.6 cm (14 3/16 x 10 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.42931

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions: 11.42931, *11.45485 (deaccessioned in 2012)

Play: Kutsuwa no Oto Tazuna no Somewake
Theater: Ichimura
轡音☆染分(くつわのおとたづなのそめわけ)
市村
 1861、文久01、05・03

Inscription

「苗代の青くもねかふ実入かな 芝翫」

Signed

Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche; Gengyo (background)
豊国画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censor's seal: Chicken 4 aratame
Blockcutter's mark: Horikô Koizumi Kane
改印:酉四改
彫師:彫工小泉兼

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