Actor Nakamura Shikan IV as Kumagai Naozane, from an untitled series of actor portraits

「熊谷直実 中村芝翫」(四代目)

Japanese
Meiji era
1869 (Meiji 2), 5th month
Artist Toyohara Kunichika (Japanese, 1835–1900), Publisher Gusokuya Kahei (Japanese), Blockcutter Ôta Masukichi (Hori Masu) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 37.5 x 25 cm (14 3/4 x 9 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.16166

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Signed

Kunichika hitsu

国周筆

Markings

Censor's seal: Snake 5 aratame
Blockcutter's mark: Ôta Hori Masu
Artist's seal: toshidama

改印:巳五改
彫師:太田彫升

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