Actor Nakamura Shikan IV as Kumokiri Nizaemon, from the series Actors as Flowers of the Underworld (Haiyû hana no shiranami)

「俳優花白波 雲霧仁左衛門 中村芝翫」(四代目)

Japanese
Edo period
1863 (Bunkyû 3), 8th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada II (Kunimasa III, Toyokuni IV) (Japanese, 1823–1880), Publisher Yorozuya Zentarô (Manzen), Blockcutter Horikô Ko-Kin (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban

Accession Number

11.38770

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Signed

Kunisada ga, in toshidama cartouche
国貞画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censor's seal: Boar 8 aratame
Blockcutter's mark: Horikô Ko-Kin
改印:亥八改
彫師:彫工小金

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