Actor Nakamura Shikan IV as Tôyama Kasuminojô, from the series First Performance of the Year in the Misty Spring of Plum Blossoms (Ume no haru kasumi no hikizome)

「梅春霞引始(うめのはるかすみのひきぞめ) 遠山霞之條 中村芝翫」(四代目)

Japanese
Edo period
1862 (Bunkyû 2), 10th month


Catalogue Raisonné

Waseda db 007-2845

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 36.3 × 25.4 cm (14 5/16 × 10 in.)

Accession Number

11.40540

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions: 11.40540, 11.40543

Signed

Kunichika ga, in toshidama cartouche
国周画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censor's seal: Dog 10 aratame
Blockcutter's mark: Uemura Hori Yasu
改印:戌十改
彫師:上邑彫安

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